English, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #60 (WUR) , IN,
Graduate study in English can deepen your understanding of the experience, context, institution and theories of the reading and teaching of literature and writing. Our MA degree is focused on the theory, practice and pedagogy of writing and literatures.


It introduces students to a variety of composition and literary theories, trains them in the assessment of texts, and contextualizes concrete pedagogical issues within a larger history of how our understanding of the nature and purpose of writing has changed from Chaucer, to the present day, and into the future as writing moves into electronic environments.

The graduate program serves teachers in local high schools and community colleges interested in developing their knowledge of English, individuals who want to prepare themselves to pursue a Ph.D. at another university, as well as those who simply enjoy the challenge of advanced study in literature and writing. Program requirements are flexible, allowing students to tailor their degree to match their interests.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Assessing Written Texts
  • Linguistics
  • Later American Literature
  • Practicum in Teaching College Composition
  • Special-topic Literature
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Composition Theory
  • Composition Theory Seminar
  • Computers in Language and Rhetoric
  • Literary theory
  • Later British literature
  • Practicum in Teaching College Composition
  • Earlier American literature
For more information, please check the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    33 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Graduation index of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.
  • A strong undergraduate major or minor in English or equivalent.
  • Academic ability for graduate word
  • A $60.00 application fee ($75 for international students) must be paid by credit card.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose. A statement of purpose is an essay of approximately 300-500 words explaining your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your professional plans, career goals, and research interests.
For more information, please check the program website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10334 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10334 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    4844 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4844 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for West Lafayette

  • 1096 - 1780 USD/month
    Living Costs

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