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Master of Arts in English Degree Requirements

Wisconsin businesses and organizations throughout the country need writing professionals with a wide range of skills and knowledge. Customize your advanced, specialized writing graduate program at Mount Mary University through one of two concentrations. Each concentration requires 15 credits.

  • Creative writing: Courses in this concentration focus on novel writing, creative nonfiction and poetry. This concentration has 12 required credits and lets you choose 3 elective credits.
  • Professional and New Media writing: Courses in this concentration focus on writing for nonprofits, and for print, websites, social media and mobile technologies. With this concentration, you’ll learn how to develop and manage blogs and social media campaigns, research and write effectively for multiple media, and implement new technologies in the workplace. This concentration has 12 required credits and lets you choose 3 elective credits.

Degree Requirements & Completion Time

Degree requirements and time to completion depend on the area of emphasis you choose and how many credits you take each semester. The degree program requires a minimum of 30 credits.

  • English Core (9 credits): All students are required to take writing workshop courses. Courses cover topics such as a workshop in research in craft, writing for professionals and novel writing.
  • Literature (6 credits): All students are required to take two literature courses. Course options cover topics such as linguistics, the American novel, the British novel, literary criticism, children’s literature, poetry, drama, world literature and the art of nonfiction.
  • Area of Concentration (15 credits): Concentrations typically include a combination of required and elective courses. The amount of credits required depends on the concentration chosen (see information on concentrations above).
  • Thesis (3 credits): The thesis course is the culminating course of the program and should be taken in your final semester.
  • Internship (Optional, 3 credits)

See complete degree requirements and a listing of courses in the Graduate Bulletin (PDF).

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 9 credits or 30 percent of total program credits, whichever is greater, may be transferred from other regionally accredited institutions with the approval of the program director. All transfer credits must be at a grade B or better, and must be documented with official transcripts. Credit earned prior to admission will be evaluated during the admission process only.