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Degrees & Majors


Master of Arts


Unlike traditional M.A. programs, which prioritize literary history, the IUPUI Master of Arts in English focuses on applications of English studies, with emphases on pedagogy and editing.

Our M.A. program gives you flexibility in fashioning a course of study: We require only eight credit hours of core courses, with the remaining hours being electives tailored to your interests and goals. Students may choose either a thesis (36 credit hours) or a non-thesis option (40 credit hours) and concentrate on literature, writing, or linguistics.

Our program will prepare you for many kinds of professions—including editor, teacher, professor, arts administrator, writer, and scholar. One recent graduate is now a staff writer for The New York Times, and another works as an acquisitions editor at Random House.

Recent graduates of our M.A. program have gone on to professional positions as journal editors, managing editors, marketing and communications specialists, and other positions with major publications and companies. At least nine recent alumni are currently pursuing a Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree.