24 months
23005 USD/year
17254 USD/year
11502 USD/year
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Take your study of literature to the next level with the English program from University of North Dakota, while also learning how to become an effective teacher of college writing.


The M.A. in English at UND stresses the importance of gaining breadth in the study of literature and literary periods. At the same time, coursework in the degree asks students to focus on academic writing conventions, on gaining advanced critical tools, and on developing as independent scholars with opportunities to practice research and revision.

Why Study English at University of North Dakota?

Small class sizes, individual attention from faculty, and a strong emphasis on learning how to become an effective teacher of writing are just a few reasons students choose to enroll at UND.

Among our program's many features:

  • Graduate-level seminars that cover a variety of topics. You will find opportunities to study a wide range of literary genres, periods, and authors—and courses that explore literary criticism, research methods, and creative writing.
  • A strong composition program that takes the teaching of writing seriously. You get coursework in teaching English, practical teaching workshops, individualized attention, and hands-on experience as you learn how to become an effective teacher.
  • Financial support. Qualified students earn graduate teaching assistantships that cover most tuition costs and provide stipends, allowing you to focus on your studies.
  • A final degree project with strong mentoring from the faculty leads to timely completion on of the degree. Your final portfolio is supported through individualized attention from a committee of faculty and by a portfolio workshop course.
  • A final portfolio that helps you improve your academic writing and strategies for revision, while giving you the opportunity to  return to projects that contribute to your own individual career plans.
  • A partnership with the American College of Norway provides opportunities for up to two graduate students per year to spend a semester teaching in Moss, Norway.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop
  • Studies in English Language
  • Studies in Creative Writing
  • Seminar in American Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH
  • 30 (thesis option)
  • 32 (non-thesis option)


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university.
  • Twenty semester credits of English beyond the communication requirement with a 3.00 grade point average or better.
  • A writing sample of 10-15 pages on topics or in modes appropriate to the proposed program of study (submitted directly to the department). Applicants who plan to major in creative writing should also submit an analytical paper.
  • Graduate Record Examination General Test required. Literature in English Advanced Test is recommended.
  • Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23005 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23005 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    17254 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17254 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11502 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11502 USD per year during 24 months.
  • Minnesota residents: 14,608.32 USD per year

Living costs for Grand Forks

1000 - 2180 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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