2 years
Jan Aug
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Local students
USD 31,860
Foreign students
USD 31,860
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Master of Arts in English is designed for students seeking continuing education, a foundation for doctoral work (PhD, EdD, JD) and/or a credential qualifying them to teach literature and composition courses at junior and community colleges. Full-time students complete the degree in two years.

All graduate classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening.

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.