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The M.A. in English is designed for students seeking continuing education, a foundation for doctoral work (Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D.), and/or a credential qualifying them to teach literature and composition courses at junior and community colleges.

Candidates for the M.A. English degree will be required to pass a comprehensive examination, given each fall and spring. M.A. students have the option of completing an original work of literary criticism as a thesis project; the M.A. thesis does not, however, take the place of the M.A. comprehensive exam. The thesis option is strongly recommended for students intending to pursue doctoral studies. For further information on degree prerequisites, admission requirements, and a list of courses, view the Graduate Course Catalog.

Dual M.A./M.F.A. Degree 

The dual degree combines the M.F.A. in Creative Writing and the M.A. in English. The dual degree combines the practice and study of creative writing with literary scholarship. It is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in teaching English and creative writing at the university, community college, or secondary-school level.

Dual degree students must be admitted to both degree programs, be enrolled concurrently in both programs, and complete all requirements for each degree program, including the book-length thesis for the creative writing program and the Comprehensive Examination for the English degree program. For further information on degree prerequisites, admission requirements, and a list of courses, view the Graduate Course Catalog.

Students already enrolled in either the M.A. or the M.F.A. programs who wish to switch to the dual degree program must apply and be admitted to the dual degree program before completing a maximum of 27 credits of study.

+-Admission Requirements

  • 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 3 or 4 page essay stating your reasons for wishing to attend Chapman University and the academic program to which you are applying. Discuss your career and personal goals and how you believe achieving a graduate 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 postgraduate study.
  • Critical Essay for MA English: A finished critical literary essay of minimum of 20 text pages that demonstrates your talent for scholarly writing and ability to handle critical texts 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.

+-Application Deadlines

Apply now using the Online Application. Submit your application on time; applications received after the deadlines listed below will be considered on a "space available" basis.
  • Spring 2015 Priority Deadline: November 1, 2014
  • Fall Semester Application Deadline: May 1. To be considered for fellowships and scholarships, the application must be received by February 1.

+-Obtain your graduate degree with just ONE additional year of study

You’ll be able to complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years, 4  years of undergrad study + 1 year of graduate work. 

Programs offered:

4+1 Integrated Undergraduate/Master of Arts in English

4+1+1 Integrated Undergraduate/Dual MA in English and MFA in Creative Writing

Requirements for the 4+1 programs are:

Must be an undergraduate student with 90+ units of undergrad coursework completed, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0+

Apply during your junior year or 1st semester of your senior year

Submit an online application through Apply Yourself

  • 2 letters of rec
  • Resume
  • Statement of Intent
  • Supporting docs (English: Critical Essay, Creative Writing: Creative Portfolio, or Dual: both)

A max of 12 units at the 500 level will be double counted as undergrad and grad coursework

Contact Information:

Program Coordinator: Mark Axelrod, Axelrod@chapman.edu, 714-997-6586
Graduate Admission Counselor: Shannon McCance, smccance@chapman.edu, 714-997-6711

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