Master of Arts in English Overview

Degree Description

The on-campus M.A. in English offers students a program that can be shaped to individual goals. This degree is especially attractive to Creative Writing students, and students interested in further study in Literature. Graduates from the on-campus M.A. in English have gone on to further study in M.F.A. programs in Creative writing, and graduate programs in Literature. Students in the on-campus M.A. in English work closely with an English faculty advisor to develop a program of study created to meet particular goals. The on-campus M.A. in English requires the following:

  1. The foundational course: ENG L506 Introduction to Methods of Criticism and Research
  2. Elective courses chosen from among literature, writing, and rhetoric in consultation with an advisor
  3. A capstone project completed in W609, a course students design in collaboration with a faculty member
  4. A program final completion portfolio.

Key elements of the M.A. in English degree

  • A regionally available, affordable Indiana University graduate degree
  • An individualized program designed to suit your needs
  • Face to face courses with some electives 100% online
  • Two required courses (English L506 and English W609) with additional courses selected to meet individual goals
  • Engaged faculty with diverse teaching, research, and creative interests

Program Coursework

Required Courses (8 credit hours)

  • ENG L506 Introduction to Methods of Criticism and Research (4 cr.)
  • ENG W609 Independent Writing Project (4 cr.)


  • During the final semester of study, students work with an advisor to craft a final portfolio of work. This portfolio takes the form of an e-portfolio, shaped to reflect the student's experience, professional, creative, and academic goals.

Elective Courses (28 credit hours)

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