English (Master of Arts)

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Creighton’s Master of Arts in English program was designed specifically to meet the academic and professional goals of each student. The flexibility of this masters degree program gives you the opportunity to experience many facets of an English department, get a taste for academic life, and also understand how English extends beyond the University.

As a graduate student in English, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from 3 concentrations: 

  • creative writing
  • literature
  • rhetoric and composition

Whatever you choose, you’ll work closely with renowned faculty, conduct research and produce scholarship in your field. Additionally, you’ll gain hands-on teaching experience in college English classrooms.  

Whether your goal is teaching, further graduate study, better critical reading and writing skills, or better understanding the rhetoric of daily life, consider the Master of Arts in English from Creighton University.


Students who obtain a master’s degree in English have a wide variety of career paths available to them. As strong critical readers and writers, MA graduates develop skills that enable them to pursue jobs in fields such as editing, communications (including nonprofit agencies, grant writing and corporate communications), professional writing (such as technical or scientific writing), marketing (social media, brand strategy and management), creative agencies (events planning, boutique agencies or tech start-ups) and even local government. All these areas seek strong writers, thinkers and communicators.

The Creighton MA program can serve as preparation for students who plan to continue their education at the doctoral level and pursue careers as university and college professors. Graduates may also become teachers at the elementary, secondary and junior college levels.


Creative Writing
The creative writing track includes literature seminars and a core of workshops that allow writers to share their work in a professional and mentored environment. They typically take creative writing classes alongside students in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program. This is a good option for those who wish to develop writing as a creative practice alongside scholarly research and methodologies.

Combining period-specific seminars with foundation and practicum courses, this program of study may be used to develop strengths or explore new areas in the study of literature.

Rhetoric and Composition
The particular combination of theoretical, practical and ethnographic courses keep those enrolled at the cutting edge of composition scholarship, while providing a way to use new knowledge to improve teaching, learning and literacy.

What You'll Learn

  • Strong research methodology
  • Critical reading and writing skills
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Creative aptitude
  • Attention to detail
  • Best practices in teaching
  • Literary history and theory


Duration: 2 years, full time

Creative Writing Track

Required Courses

  • ENG 600 Introduction to Graduate Study
  • ENG 721 Seminar in Literary Criticism

Required Creative Writing Core

  • ENG 640 Creative Writing Workshop

Required Capstone Courses

  • ENG 798 Creative Thesis

Additional Requirements

  • Teaching practicum
  • Thesis presentation

Literature Track

Required Courses

  • ENG 600 Introduction to Graduate Study
  • ENG 721 Seminar in Literary Criticism

Eight courses selected from the following:

  • ENG 701 Seminar in Medieval Literature
  • ENG 703 Seminar in Renaissance Literature
  • ENG 705 Seminar in Neoclassical Literature
  • ENG 707 Seminar in Romantic Literature
  • ENG 709 Seminar in Victorian Literature
  • ENG 711 Seminar in American Literature to 1865
  • ENG 713 Seminar in American Literature 1865-1914
  • ENG 793 Independent Study

Required Capstone Course

  • ENG 798 Thesis

Additional Requirements

  • Teaching Practicum
  • Thesis Presentation

Rhetoric & Composition Track

Required Courses

  • ENG 600 Introduction to Graduate Study
  • ENG 721 Seminar in Literary Criticism

Eight courses selected from available rhetoric and composition seminar offerings

Required Capstone Course

  • ENG 798 Thesis

Additional Requirements

  • Teaching Practicum
  • Thesis Presentation

Student Organizations

  • Shadows

    Shadows is an award-winning, student-run literary magazine at Creighton University. Annual prizes are awarded for student works of poetry, fiction, and scholarly and creative non-fiction.

  • Graduate Student Government

    The Graduate Student Government (GSG) considers concerns and interests of graduate students and makes recommendations to the Graduate School administration and the University.

    The GSG also provides a fair and functional rebate system that allocates student rebates to graduate students. Funds may be used for GSG-sponsored events that enhance the graduate school community, or may be dispersed to students to pursue academic endeavors.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Applications to the MA program in English should include:

  • Completed application and application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation (please use the electronic recommendation process with the online application). The recommendations should be completed and submitted by people other than family members who are capable of assessing an applicant’s performance in an academic or work setting; at least one should be from a former or current professor who can speak to your preparation for graduate study.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Statement of professional purpose (500-750 words)
  • Writing sample: either critical or creative, depending on the student’s area of interest (approximately 10-15 pages)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (213 CBT/550PBT). International applicants who receive their bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Africa (English-speaking only) are NOT required to submit a TOEFL score report.

Tuition & Scholarships


Unlike some graduate programs which place students in the classroom immediately, Creighton University’s Department of English believes in developing each student individually as a scholar and teacher. Therefore, we offer 5 full fellowships which include complete tuition remission and a small living stipend. In exchange, students work 15-20 hours per week as research fellows with an individual faculty member, and gain experience in teaching via a mentoring practicum in their second year.

In addition, we offer 5 Presidential fellowships, which cover half tuition. See more information about tuition and costs of living, financial aid, and other important information for consumers.

Special Rate for Teachers

Teachers from both public and private schools are entitled to a 50% discount on both fall and spring semester tuition for one course per fall or spring term. They also may take up to 2 summer courses in the summer terms at this tuition rate. To learn more, please take a close look at the Teacher Improvement Form.

Teachers at Catholic schools get an additional 25% off tuition on top of this rate.

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