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MA in English and Creative Writing

Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing program is designed to help students further develop their communication skills for personal and professional enhancement. Continue reading for more information about this online master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Before entering the Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing program, prospective students should have already earned a bachelor's degree and might have some experience in editing, corporate communications, journalism, or even advertising. Applicants to Southern New Hampshire University must have earned a bachelor's degree to seek admission into this master's program.

Program Description:

The curriculum of Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing program is presented through instruction, seminars, and writing exercises to help students develop a deeper understanding of creative processes and writing fundamentals. In required courses, students have the opportunity to study English linguistics, literary theory, and strategies and techniques for teaching English and writing in middle and secondary schools. Additional courses allow students to explore storytelling techniques, tone, place, setting, character development, dialogue, and imagery through workshop writing and criticism exercises. Students can also choose from four areas of concentration in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or screenwriting.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the forms of loans, scholarships, and grants. Contact the SNHU One Stop office to learn more about your financial aid options.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing*:

Required Courses

  • EDU 750: Seminar in Teaching Writing
  • ENG 550: Graduate Studies in English Language
  • LIT 500: Graduate Studies in Literary Theory
  • Select three of the following courses:
    • LIT 506: Medieval Literature
    • LIT 514: American Realism and Naturalism
    • LIT 555: American Modernism
    • LIT 650: Graduate Seminar in American Literature
    • LIT 651: Graduate Seminar in British Literature
    • LIT 652: Graduate Seminar in Global Literature
  • Select two of the following courses:
    • ENG 523: Screenwriting Fundamentals
    • ENG 528: Poetry Fundamentals
    • ENG 529: Fiction Fundamentals
    • ENG 530: Nonfiction Fundamentals
  • Select two of the following courses:
    • ENG 531: Fiction and Film
    • ENG 532: Studies in Place and Setting
    • ENG 540: Contemporary Writers and Publishers
  • Students electing not to focus on a genre take the following course:
    • ENG 690: English and Creative Writing Capstone AND one of the following courses:
      • ENG 523: Screenwriting Fundamentals
      • ENG 528: Poetry Fundamentals
      • ENG 529: Fiction Fundamentals
      • ENG 530: Nonfiction Fundamentals

* Coursework is subject to change.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing program might pursue careers in academics or advanced positions in corporate settings. They might work as freelance writers or for corporate communication departments, advertising firms, or publishing companies. Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Senior Editor
  • Creative Writing Instructor
  • English Department Head
  • Corporate Communications Director