College of Arts and Sciences

English Master of Arts

College of Arts and Sciences

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Program Types

Small Classes and Personal Attention

The Master of Arts in English affords students the flexibility to tailor their course of study to meet their individual wishes and professional goals. This highly versatile program offers three areas of emphasis—literary study, creative writing, and technical and professional writing. It stresses effective writing in a broad array of genres, critical thinking, and interpretive skills, even as it fosters the growth of initiative and self-confidence—qualities much in demand in today’s professional world. Small classes and the dedicated attention of graduate faculty ensure a nurturing environment for growth. 

The program enables students to pursue a variety of goals: prepare for or advance in a career in teaching; embark on a professional career as a creative writer; pursue an advanced degree in literary study; or work in the fields of publishing, editing, and technical or professional writing. There are no “tracks” in the program to which students are limited; the three areas of emphasis are open to all students at all times throughout their studies. Each student meets with the Director of Graduate Studies to tailor an individualized program of coursework. 

Gain Experience Through an Internship

To enhance professional readiness, the student may undertake a Career Internship in English in any one of several fields related to the study of writing and literature. Available any time from the student’s second semester on, the internship is an unpaid, 3-credit experience conducted under the supervision of the degree program’s coordinator and an appropriate member of the English Department.

Study Abroad Option

Students are further encouraged to consider study abroad as a component of their program. They may take up to 9 credits of work in English and related fields at foreign institutions through Arcadia’s College of Global Studies or other venues for study abroad that the university offers. Short-term summer study is available to graduate students in several foreign countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy, and Greece; these options can be especially valuable for graduate students whose personal or professional circumstances prevent them from pursuing long-term study-abroad options.

Connect with Visiting Writers

Beyond the classroom, students in the program have exciting opportunities to meet professional writers and connect with them personally by participating in workshops open only to Arcadia students. Writers appear here in two different programs, The “Writers Return to Campus” Series and the “Visiting Writers Series.”