M.A. On Campus


University of Illinois at Chicago

24 months
24738 USD/year
24738 USD/year
11870 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of English offers work leading to degrees in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago at both the master’s and doctoral levels. The department offers the MA with three concentrations: English Studies, Creative Writing, and English Education. The department offers the PhD in English Studies and Creative Writing.


Our department is home to a rich array of student programs and award-winning faculty research, held together by common commitments to studying the power of words. With our jointly-governed faculty and an instructor-led curriculum, we proudly teach First Year Writing to the entire UIC undergraduate population. We are the largest humanities major at UIC, and offer MA and PhD programs in English studies, creative writing, and English education.

Located in Chicago, Illinois, a dynamic city with the third-largest metropolitan area in the nation, the English Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago benefits from our public research institution setting as well as the dedicated and world-class faculty who call UIC home.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory, Rhetoric, and Aesthetics
  • British Literature and Culture
  • American Literature and Culture
  • Global and Multiethnic Literatures and Cultures
  • Media, Film, and Performance Studies
  • Language and Literacy
  • Discourse Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate Field - Applicants who intend to concentrate in English Studies or English Education must have an undergraduate major in English or the equivalent that includes a balanced program in English and American literature beyond the level of sophomore surveys. 
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three required, preferably from individuals acquainted with the applicant’s recent academic, professional, or creative work.
  • Statement of Purpose - Required.
Writing sample: All MA and PhD applicants must submit a sample of their written work:
  • Applicants for the English Studies concentration should submit a sample of no more than 20 pages appropriate to their proposed area of study.
  • Applicants for the Program for Writers should submit a sample of no more than 20 pages of material in genre of interest (at least five poems, one or more stories, a chapter from a novel, comparable work, etc.).
  • Tuition Fee

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    • International

      24738 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
    • National

      24738 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
    • In-State

      11870 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 5935 USD per semester during 24 months.

    Living costs for Chicago

    1297 - 2491 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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