M.A. On Campus


Northeastern Illinois University

12 months
865 USD/credit 28545 USD/year
865 USD/credit 28545 USD/year
432 USD/credit 14256 USD/year
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The English program of the Northeastern Illinois University is designed to provide advanced study in Composition Studies. It provides for personal and professional advancement, particularly in teaching, research, writing, journalism, publishing and editorial work. The program also prepares students for studies at the Ph.D. level.


Two Major Options

  • Concentration in Composition  
  • Concentration in Literature

Courses in the English program of the Northeastern Illinois University will help students achieve substantial preparation in a variety of areas, including writing theories, writing pedagogies, alternative literacies and the relationship between composition and literature. It will be up to each student to determine his or her personal and professional needs and, with the graduate advisor, to create a program that will address both program requirements and individual needs.

Career Options

Students who graduate with an M.A. in English can find a career as a:

  • teacher/instructor (community college levels)
  • creative writer
  • editor
  • journalist
  • critic
  • public relations specialist
  • speechwriter
  • communications specialist

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Russian Literature: From Gogol To Chekhov
  • Medieval Studies - The Development Of The Arthurian Legend
  • English Literature From Beowulf To Malory
  • Literary Methods And Practice
  • Argumentative Prose
  • Writing In Public: Community Literacies, Public Intellectuals, And Rhetorics Of Change

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In their personal Statement of Goals and Objectives, applicants to the Program in English should specify their reasons for pursuing graduate-level studies in Literature or Composition, and they should identify the background, strengths, and academic skills that they feel will ensure their success as an MA student.
  • All applicants must submit a representative sample of academic or professional writing that demonstrates their critical thinking and/or research strengths and indicates their ability to do well in advanced study in English Literature or Composition. The writing sample should not exceed 15 pages in length.
  • GRE scores are not required for admission, but they may be submitted to supplement an application.
  • Literature concentration: a BA in English (or a minimum of 30 credit hours of undergraduate work in literature and composition)
  • Composition concentration: a BA in English, English Education, or a related field subject

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28545 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    28545 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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