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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 four concentrations. Each concentration requires 15 credits.

  • Broad-based writing: This concentration combines courses in creative writing and professional writing. All credits are earned through required courses.
  • 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 writing: Courses in this concentration focus on writing for nonprofits, for the Web and for print. This concentration has 12 required credits and lets you choose 3 elective credits.
  • Writing for children and young adults: Courses in this concentration focus on children’s literature, as well as novel writing and poetry for children and young adult audiences. All credits are earned through required courses.

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.