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MA in English

Program Details

East Carolina University offers the Master of Arts in English for students to focus on literary study, creative writing, and technical and professional writing. Students who seek graduate education in English will focus on Literary and Critical Studies as an area of emphasis, studying material from the scope of human literary history, from a group of similar authors or literacy themes, to classes that focus on a single author or idea. These classes, in addition to lessons in history and cultures, allow the student to understand the background for literary and philosophical movements. 

Students will develop their understanding and skill as creative writers, to strengthen the student’s skill as an author as a teacher, in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and other subject. Lastly, to prepare the student for a career in writing, students will study Technical and Professional writing. As part of the program, students will learn to use critical theory in the analysis of literature, conduct research on literary topics, and will learn how to apply critical thinking and research skills in the work place.

The student in the Master of Arts in English program will be exposed to a concentration in research methods, drama and literature, literature history, and literature of different cultures around the world. These courses aim to train students to be equipped for professions as a teacher, writer, critic, or author.


Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended, Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least two academic), Statement of Intent. Students applying for the MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing must submit a portfolio of poems, short stories, or essays.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Not all programs may be approved in every state. Students should check for state authorization prior to enrollment.