Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    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.


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

    School Overview

    East Carolina University is a public research university located in Greenville, North Carolina. Founded in 1907, East Carolina University began as the East Carolina Teachers Training School. Today, ECU is the second largest university in North Carolina.

    Students at ECU can earn their degrees in a variety of subject areas. These fields of study include dance education, finance, biochemistry, instructional technology, management and many others. At ECU students can earn degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level in addition to post-secondary certificates.


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