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Master of Arts in English

Craft your degree around your interests by selecting from a wide variety of exciting courses in literature. We'll help prepare you to make a difference. It's time for bigger goals.

Applications currently being accepted on a rolling basis, with no fixed deadline. Admissions decisions are made throughout the year.

The program has two tracks: English and Literature and Writing. Recent graduates from each track have gone on to careers in business, education, non-profits and journalism, as well as doctoral programs in literature and composition and rhetoric.


In addition to our nationally recognized strengths in Modernism, American literature and early British literature, we have faculty interested in gender studies, the history of the book, ecocriticism, material culture, theater, poetics and other interdisciplinary topics. A strong mentoring program helps students acclimate to life in graduate school and guides students in their professional pursuits. Full-time students receive a 25% discount percent on their tuition. Located in the heart of vibrant downtown Pittsburgh, our department offers small classes, individual attention from dedicated professors, and an energetic and welcoming graduate community.

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"I have been continually encouraged by faculty in this program to explore my interests in material culture, post-colonial theory and eco-criticism. This program has helped me to focus my interests in literature. I am currently applying to PhD programs so that I can continue to explore these interests."

- Sarah Hancock, alumna

Early PhD Admissions Process for Duquesne English MA Students

The early admissions process allows English MA students who show exceptional promise in their first year to seek early admission to the PhD program. Students accepted early would learn at the start of the Fall of their 2nd year in the MA program that they would become Duquesne PhD candidates following the successful completion of their MA.

  • Students can apply during the summer between their first and second years in the MA program, after completing at least 15 credits of coursework; decisions would be made by the start of the Fall semester. Applications are due by June 15.
  • The application materials are identical to those submitted for regular admission to the PhD program (insert link to applications page).
  • Students who apply for early admission who are not admitted in the summer are still able to apply again during the regular admissions cycle.

Early admission to the PhD program allows MA students to plan their final year of the MA in a way that better positions them for starting their PhD work, and eliminates the stress of applying to multiple PhD programs in the Fall of the second year.

Application Information

If you have any questions at all, please feel welcome to contact our director of graduate studies in English, Dr. Tom Kinnahan (kinnahant@duq.edu).

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We also offer an Accelerated Master's program