Master of Arts in English

No new enrollment will be accepted into the Master of Arts in English after September 1, 2016.

The Master of Arts in English Program at Notre Dame de Namur University offers two emphases: creative writing and literature. Our students’ awareness of every aspect of literature and writing is enhanced by our analytical, theoretical and practical approaches to literary texts.

Our curriculum is unique in that core courses in literary theory and linguistics are required in addition to genre courses in lyric, drama and narrative. Depending on the student’s choice of emphasis, the program may include a research thesis or a creative writing project as the culminating experience.

NDNU’s graduate English students come from a variety of backgrounds and professions. It is possible for the student to complete the NDNU program in as little as two years or as long as seven years, depending on how many courses are taken in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

View the MAE Handbook


  • Core courses engage our students in an array of texts from antiquity to the contemporary period.
  • An undergraduate degree in English literature or language is not a requirement for admission.
  • Class sizes are small and are conducted in a seminar style that promotes a rich exchange of viewpoints among colleagues and faculty.
  • Students may choose elective coursework in another discipline or create an interdisciplinary emphasis in an area of special interest.
  • All required classes are offered on the NDNU campus in the evenings and enrollment is guaranteed.
  • NDNU students have the opportunity to submit original creative writing pieces to the award-winning literary magazine, The Bohemian, published each year at NDNU.
  • NDNU students spend two semesters working one-on-one with a professor to complete their final research or creative writing project.


Graduate Admissions

Jacqueline Berger
Program Director