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!

We also have graduate assistantship opportunities designed to build your experience portfolio through tutoring, teaching and research. Learn more.

Ready to write your future and be a part an exciting master’s program? Apply now or contact us for more information today.

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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 a competence in a second language (usually demonstrated through the completion of sophomore-level foreign language).
    • 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).

*Our GRE test score admission requirement is currently waived.

Degree Details

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


Language and Literature

Application Deadlines

Fall -

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

Standard Review: August 10