12 months
6336 USD/credit 215424 USD/year
6336 USD/credit 215424 USD/year
9386 USD/credit 319124 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The English program at Sonoma State University offer options of completing your degree with an emphasis in literary criticism, creative writing, and rhetoric/English education. As a whole, we seek to foster scholars and writers who are engaged in dialogue across their discipline-specific course of study. 


We encourage M. A. students to explore their interests across our curriculum. Together with their colleagues and faculty mentors, the M. A. cohort participates fully in the life of the English Department. The deadline for applications for the 2019-20 year is March 10, 2019 (final deadline).  Applications start October 1st on Cal State Apply.

The MA in English handbooks below provide information on how to apply to the M.A. in English and helps newly admitted students gain a sense of what to expect as they navigate their way through the program.

MA Student Accomplishments

Graduates of the English program at Sonoma State University have seen considerable long-term success in fields such as advertising, editing and publishing, public relations writing, graphic design, software development, and legal work. Many are teaching English in Bay Area community colleges and other universities around the country. Several have landed tenure-track positions in English at Santa Rosa Junior College, Napa Valley College, and Porterville College.

Creative writing graduates from the program have received awards including a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a National Poetry series winner, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Poetry, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Creative writing graduates have published books with Graywolf, Wesleyan University Press, Rescue Press, Omnidawn, Letter Machine Editions, Swoon Reads: Macmillan, and Kelsey Street Books.

MA program graduates have pursued further degrees at other prestigious programs. For the Ph.D. in English, students have completed degrees at University of Texas, Rutgers University, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan, and University of California at Berkeley. For the MFA in Creative Writing, students have gone on to University of Iowa Writers Workshop, Temple University, Naropa Institute of Disembodied Poetics,University of Arizona, University of Denver, University of Chicago Center for the Book, California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, Mills College, Saint Mary’s, University of San Francisco, and University of Massachusetts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literary Criticism
  • Creative Writing 
  • Rhetoric and English Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


34 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association;
  • Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • Have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.00) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted;
  • Proof of English proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS examination scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    215424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6336 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    215424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6336 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    319124 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9386 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Rohnert Park

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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