12 months
41602 USD/year
41602 USD/year
24466 USD/year
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Candidates for the M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. in English at Pennsylvania State University may choose from a variety of courses in English literature and language, rhetoric and composition, and theory/cultural studies. The M.F.A. in English helps prepare candidates for professional careers as writers of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, or for careers in academia.


The department offers an excellent college-level teacher-training program, and all graduate students in English at Pennsylvania State University have the opportunity to serve as teaching assistants. Students usually begin by teaching basic composition courses, but there are opportunities for advanced students to teach courses in business writing, technical writing, fiction writing, poetry writing, literature, and humanities, and to serve as tutors in the Writing Center.

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduate students will develop a basic familiarity with the tools, methods, techniques, and critical conversations in the various subfields.
  • Graduate students will use professional standards of the field of English studies in order to sustain an argument, develop and carry out an ambitious research plan, and to communicate the importance of that research in spoken and written forms.
  • Graduate students will be able to analyze literary or rhetorical texts or objects using a particular theoretical or methodological approach. 
  • Graduate students will demonstrate effective skills in undergraduate teaching, in their research area, in the writing classroom, and as generalists.
  • Graduate students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of tools, methods, techniques, and critical conversations in their chosen subfield(s) as well as an ability to engage substantively with those critical conversations. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Materials and Methods of Research
  • Theory and Teaching of Composition
  • The English Language
  • English Composition Studies
  • The Writing of Fiction
  • The Writing of Poetry
  • The Writing of Nonfiction
  • Old English Language
  • The Literature of Biography and Autobiography
  • Studies in Jewish American Literature
  • Studies in Elizabethan Prose and Poetry
  • Middle English Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should have a junior/senior grade-point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale), although exceptions may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests. Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Aptitude Tests (verbal and quantitative) are required for admission.
  • Applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation, a writing sample indicating their ability to do analytical or original work, and a statement of their professional goals.
  • For admission, M.A. students should have strong backgrounds in English courses: 18 credits beyond freshman composition are a minimum, but the department prefers at least 24 credits.
  • For admission into the M.F.A. program, students must have a baccalaureate degree (with substantial work in English), a portfolio of publishable student writing, and the intention to pursue a career as a professional writer.

Tuition Fee

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    41602 USD/year
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  • National

    41602 USD/year
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  • In-State

    24466 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 24466 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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