12 months
33600 USD/year
33600 USD/year
13400 USD/year
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The English degree offered at the University of Arizona is designed to provide a broadly inclusive course of advanced study in English and American literature with preparatory training and scholarly background for the PhD. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


Applicants must have completed the equivalent of the undergraduate major in English (i.e. 30 units of upper-division literature courses) with a grade-point average of at least 3.50 in literature courses. Candidates for the MA must take a total of 30 units of graduate coursework (of which 24, or 8 classes, must be in regularly scheduled literature courses unless otherwise approved by the Program Director), demonstrate reading knowledge of a foreign language, and pass a final examination based on reading lists approved by the faculty.

The Department also offers a General MA, a flexible English degree offered at the University of Arizona that includes curricula from Literature, RCTE, and EAL.

The English Department maintains four degree-granting graduate programs:

  • Literature (MA and PhD) 
  • Creative Writing (MFA) 
  • Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, known as RCTE (MA and PhD) 
  • English Applied Linguistics, known as EAL (MA in TESL, with ties to the PhD in SLAT)

Each of these programs is separately administered and has a separate application procedure. In general (some programs may make exceptions or have a different deadline) applications are due in early January (for matriculation the following August). Admissions are highly selective. The department therefore urges prospective applicants to confer, by early autumn at the latest, with the Director of the individual program in which they are interested.

To access the landing page for an individual program, click on its name below. On these pages you will find contact information for each program, as well as information about graduate study in the department.

Programme Structure

Courses included

  • Advanced Creative Writing Nonfiction Writing
  •  Latina Feminisms in the Americas
  •  History of the English Language
  •  Modern English Grammar
  •  Teaching of Composition
  • Advanced Scientific Writing
  •  History of Criticism and Theory
  • History of the German Language          
  •  Asian American Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply through the Graduate College online portal.  Students should apply to the MA in ENGLISH ONLY if they are not interested in the possibility of continuing for the PhD.  If you are admitted to the program having completed this MA application and then decide to go on to the PhD here, you will have to re-apply, submitting all required documents and fees again.
The application will include the following elements:
  •  Curriculum Vita
  •  Statement of purpose
  • Official copies of transcripts from all colleges attended-you may download unofficial on-line for review purposes. If you are admitted, you will need to mail official transcripts to the program.
  • Three academic letters of recommendation 
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    13400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13400 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Tucson

830 - 1140 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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