M.A. On Campus


George Mason University

12 months
1412 USD/credit
1412 USD/credit
524 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master’s in English at George Mason University offers several tracks that represent the breadth of contemporary English studies. You can work in and across concentrations in literature, professional writing, rhetoric, cultural studies, film, folklore, linguistics, and the teaching of writing and literature. 


You will be taught by an internationally recognized faculty, winners of awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim, the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Academy Rome, and more.  Faculty strengths include creative writing, British and American literature, global and cultural studies, professional writing, film and media studies, and writing pedagogy.  You will enjoy individual connection and mentorship from the department faculty, as well as the wealth of literary and cultural resources of the Washington, D.C., area.   

Students in the English programs range from recent graduates to mid-career professionals, and each benefit from their classmates’ different backgrounds and experience.  Through the department’s seminars and activities, the programs create a community of teachers, writers and scholars who understand the power of ideas to transform individuals, our professions, and our society. 

Students pursuing the MA in English from George Mason University choose one concentration: cultural studies, linguistics, literature, professional writing and rhetoric, or the teaching of writing and literature. Certificates are also available in many of these areas.  For more information, see Degree Requirements above. There are also PDFs of advising sheets for each concentration available here.

Career options: 

In each concentration, you will enhance your skills in reading, writing, and research. Students use the degree for professional enhancement, or as an entry into teaching, professional writing, or doctoral study.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Research in English Studies
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Histories of Cultural Studies
  • Seminar in Global Culture
  • Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Seminar in Film and Media Studies
  • Graduate Literature Survey
  • Topics in Folk Narrative

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

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    524 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 524 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 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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