Master of Arts in English, Literature Emphasis

Broaden and refine your knowledge of literary traditions when you pursue an MA with a literature emphasis.

Master of Arts in Literature Program Information

Our curriculum is designed to maximize your opportunities to achieve your goal, be it teaching at the community college level, working within publishing, or pursuing law school or further graduate studies at the PhD level. Read more information about our record of placement and employment for graduates of the MA Lit program.

In the MA in English (Literature Emphasis), you can:

  • pursue your studies in small, face-to-face classes
  • gain a broad knowledge of traditional literary scholarship and theory, while also studying the latest approaches to literature
  • work on individual research projects or a thesis with faculty who are dedicated teachers and active, published scholars
  • live, read, and write in beautiful Flagstaff while you pursue your study of literature

In addition, note that:

  • Students admitted to the MA English - Literature Emphasis can apply for positions as Graduate Teaching Assistants and can gain valuable experience teaching our English 105 and 205 courses. Graduate assistants receive tuition remission and a stipend. (selection begins in early February: for first-round consideration of your GA application, submit all materials by February 1.)
  • Applications for admission only are reviewed year-round.
  • Tuition waivers may be available to those who can demonstrate need (selection begins in early February).
  • The English Department offers several competitive scholarships and awards to outstanding graduate students each year.

Please see the academic catalog for the most recent information regarding courses and academic plans.

The NAU academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source. 

Incoming graduate students in the MA in English-Literature Emphasis are encouraged to apply for the Bryan Short Memorial Scholarship Award. This award of approximately $1,000 is in honor of our esteemed colleague, Dr. Bryan Short, who passed away in 2003 after 36 years of dedicated teaching and service to Northern Arizona University. Applicants are asked to indicate interest in the award in their application’s statement of intent. 

 How to apply

Graduate assistantships

Learn more about the available graduate assistantships.