MA in English

Chapman University
United States
Master's Degree
Study mode
2 years
January August
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Entry Requirements

All applicants must provide the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from baccalaureate degree granting institution.
  • A graduate admission test may not be required if your bachelor’s degree cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above. If your GPA is between 2.5 and 2.99, you may be considered for admission by submitting a satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE): a minimum score of 153 for the Verbal section and 4.5 on the Analytical Writing section.
  • A three- to four-page essay stating your reasons for wanting to attend Chapman University’s MA Program. Discuss your career and personal goals and how you believe earning your degree at Chapman University will assist in attaining your goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to your academic preparation, intellectual ability, and aptitude for graduate study.
  • A finished critical literary essay of 12-15 text pages that demonstrates your talent for scholarly writing and ability to handle texts of literary criticism relative to the subject matter. The essay should reflect a grasp of critical literary skills and ability to deal with theoretical texts in an effective and knowledgeable manner. The MA essay MUST be a critical literary essay only.  In other words, the subject matter should deal with literary texts and literary topics only unless it is a Comparative Literature paper.  No other essay in any other discipline will be accepted. 


  • Literary Theory and Critical Practice: 1920–the Present
  • MA Thesis
  • Advanced Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Techniques in Writing Fiction
  • Literary Forum: Tabula Poetica Poetry Reading Series/Mentoring Series
  • Literary Forum: John Fowles Center Contemporary Writers Core
  • American Literature before 1870
  • Humanities Computing
  • American Literature from 1870 to 1950
  • American Literature Since 1950
  • Experimental Course
  • Medieval Literature
  • Early Modern Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Restoration and 18th Century Literature
  • Romantic Literature
  • Victorian Literature
  • Modern British Literature
  • Major Authors
  • Special Studies in Literature
  • Topics in Comparative Literature
  • Theories of Fiction
  • Shakespeare in England
  • Teaching Composition
  • Theory and Practice of Writing Tutoring and Conferencing
  • Composition Pedagogy and Research Practicum
  • Introduction to the Digital Humanities
  • Seminar: Problems in Literary Analysis
  • Seminar: Film and Literary Studies
  • Independent Study in Literature or Language

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