12 months
654 USD/credit 19620 USD/year
654 USD/credit 19620 USD/year
340 USD/credit 10200 USD/year
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The entire English faculty at University of South Dakota works in collaboration to provide our students with a well-rounded education to prepare them for careers, either immediately in the workplace or through further graduate study. 

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Key Features

The English faculty at University of South Dakota offer close guidance and opportunities for students to gain practical writing and editing experience by working on the Vermillion Literary Project, interning at South Dakota Review, or taking classes in publishing.

  • Literature

The M.A. program with a specialization in Literature provides students with opportunities to explore a wide range of English literature with a span of periods and genres. We offer classes in British and American literature, from Shakespeare to the postmodern novel. The program emphasizes a solid foundation in general literary studies that provide our students with the broad knowledge to be able to work on their own areas of thesis specialization.

  • Creative Writing

The M.A. program with a specialization in Creative Writing provides students a chance to think about writing in an open way, to experiment with subject, form, and sound, and to focus on writing first and categorization later. We offer classes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, hybrid forms and publishing. Our workshops integrate frequent writing projects with substantial reading lists as a way of reimagining the workshop model.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literature before the 20th Century
  • 20th and 21st Century British, American, and World Literature 
  • Language, Writing, and Pedagogy
  • Literary Criticism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application Fee: $35.00 U.S.D. The application fee cannot be waived and is nonrefundable.
  • Official Transcripts: If transcripts are not originally provided by the institution in the English language, the indigenous language transcript should be submitted along with an English translation. The full English translation must include a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate and that they are qualified to translate the language to English.
  • Official Admission Test Scores: If test scores are required by a graduate program, students may upload a copy of their score report to their GradCAS application. Full admission will require that an official score report is sent to USD directly from the testing body.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Letters must be submitted directly by the recommenders through GradCAS.
  • Statement of Purpose: Refer to program admission requirements for details.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    19620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 340 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Vermillion

1024 - 1781 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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