The Graduate College


Graduate Programs Taught by World-Class Faculty

Master of Arts in English


Name: Ryan Poll
Phone: (773)442-5824
Link: Department Website


Students pursuing the M.A. in English choose between two degree concentrations: Literature or Composition. The two-track curriculum provides two separate fields of study within English, offering multiple career opportunities as well as preparing students for doctoral work.

Is this for me?

The graduate program in English develops skills in critical thinking, writing, and research, encourages intellectual curiosity, and provides training for careers and professional advancement in related fields such as teaching, editorial work, publishing, writing, and research.


In our program, M.A. students are at the helm of constructing their own literary fields and their own exam lists, a process which better prepares students for doctoral programs and for more dynamic, contemporary classrooms for teachers at all levels.