About the Master of Arts in Literature and Writing Program
The study of literature, theory, and writing explores patterns of human thought and culture, thus freshly illuminating and challenging how we live, work, think, and engage in the contemporary world. Through methodical academic research, you will:
- Strengthen a sense of personal initiative
- Cultivate advanced problem-solving abilities
- Write extensively on a variety of literary or cultural topics
- Discover ways the structure of literature logically extends to issues in the professional world and global community.
A Cohort Model
This two-year program is founded on a cohort model that begins each fall quarter. Winter, spring and summer starts are unavailable. Our cohorts are mutually supportive, practicing a kind of intellectual teamwork in the midst of shared academic challenges. In class and through the final thesis project, you’ll have close and persistent access to faculty guidance at each stage of your work.
Coursework & Teaching Opportunities
Besides traditional courses in British and American literature and literary theory, we offer studies in pedagogy and rhetoric, as well as innovative cross-disciplinary courses in digital humanities and archival research. At the end of Winter Quarter, every other year, restarting in 2023, as part of a special topics class, our M.A. program offers students the possibility of a study abroad program for two weeks to London (finals week) and Paris (spring break week).
All students will have the opportunity to teach, whether through a graduate service appointment (GSA) or a teaching internship either within the English department or at a nearby community college.
- Fill out the Graduate School application. You’ll be asked to:
- Submit official transcripts
- Pay the application fee
- Submit a personal application statement (800-1,000 words)
- Submit a professional writing sample (10-15 pages)
- Request two letters of reference
- If applicable, complete the Graduate Student Assistantship application, including a letter of interest addressed to the Department of English.
Application Due Dates
While graduate admissions for fall quarter entry to the MA in Literature and Writing Program remain open until June 1, early application by February 1 is highly recommended. An early completed application opens up the possibility for you to apply for both scholarships and a Graduate Student Assistantship (GSA).
- To be considered for EWU scholarships (or other forms of financial aid), please also submit all application materials by February 1 to the EWU Financial Aid Office.
- Please see the English Department Scholarship Opportunities webpage for our graduate scholarship.
- For more information on other available scholarships, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage.
- To be considered for an EWU Graduate Student Assistantship, please also submit all application materials (including GSA application and letter of interest) by March 1.