Master of
Arts in English

ACU’s Master of Arts in English will take your language and literature proficiency to the next level. Our two-year residential program offers one-on-one mentorship, small class sizes, a diverse faculty of Christian scholars – and a summer in Europe!

ACU’s Master of Arts in English will take your language and literature proficiency to the next level. Our two-year residential program offers one-on-one mentorship, small class sizes, a diverse faculty of Christian scholars – and a summer in Europe!

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Program Structure

Master of Arts in English

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Required Hours

Program length: 2 years
Credit hours: 36
2021/2022 tuition per credit hour: $1,343

Example Coursework 

ENGL 610: 21st-Century American Literature
ENGL 612: Victorian Visions of Art and the Artist
ENGL 613: Literary Theory and Faith
ENGL 622: Rhetoric and Belief

Department

Language and Literature

Application Deadlines

Priority Review: May 1 (Preferred consideration for Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships)
Standard Review: August 10

Features and Outcomes

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Program Features

  • Courses in Literature and Composition/Rhetoric, with an option for Creative Writing courses.
  • Study Abroad component in Oxford, England.
  • Intentional professor/student ratio to enable academic and pedagogical mentoring.
  • Opportunities to tutor and teach undergraduate students.
  • A general MA in English that will provide a wide range of academic and professional opportunities, including–but not limited to–steps towards an MFA or PhD program.

What outcomes can you expect?

  • ACU’s Master in English program offers a number of opportunities to assist students in achieving long term outcomes and goals.
  • Gain worldly perspective through our Study Abroad program in Oxford, England
  • Equip yourself for PHD programs, law school, the education field and multiple opportunities in the workforce.
  • Gain experience as a tutor or teacher.
  • Apply for competitive graduate assistantships.

Admission Requirements

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay the $65 application fee
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended:
    • The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
    • The transcript should reflect 12 hours of upper-division English courses.
    • The transcript should reflect a cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application)
  • A two-page, double-spaced purpose statement addressing why you want to pursue graduate school, why you chose ACU, and your future career goals
  • A writing sample* in either:
    • A sample critical essay (maximum of 15 pages) that demonstrates the applicant’s capacity for interpretation and literary analysis, or
    • A sample of creative writing in prose or poetry (maximum of 20 pages).