Master of Arts in English

APU offers an M.A. in English that provides professional preparation and personal enrichment to students in the field of literary studies, broadly conceived to include literature, cultural/film studies, and creative and/or professional writing. In keeping with the mission of Azusa Pacific University, this program encourages an active conversation between Christianity and literature, preparing scholars, writers, and teachers for cultural engagement from a Christian perspective through the development of analytical and creative writing skills enriched by a theologically informed approach to reading, writing, teaching, and thinking about literary and other cultural texts.

Students in the program take a total of 10 courses of 3 units each (30 units).

No more than 12 units may be taken in a given term (or 4 courses). Students will complete the program in 3-4 terms by taking 2-3 courses each term.  However, exceptionally promising undergraduate students admitted into the 4+1 B.A./M.A. degree option may complete up to 6 units of 500-level graduate coursework during their senior year and complete the remaining 24 units over the next academic year (2 terms + summer term, e.g., 9 units in the fall term, 9 units in the spring term, and 6 units in the summer term). For more information about the 4+1 option, contact Windy Petrie, department chair, at


In consultation with the director of graduate studies, students will design a program consisting of 27 units of coursework and 3 units of thesis/portfolio preparation and assessment. Individual programs will vary depending on the student’s personal and professional goals and on the availability of courses in any given term. It is highly recommended that students consult early and throughout their program with the director of graduate studies in choosing their courses.

Core Classes6
Select two of the following: 1
The Christian Imagination
Literature and the Bible
Literature and Theology
Thesis Course
ENGL 598Thesis/Portfolio3
Elective Courses21
Select seven of the following: 2, 3
British Literature Seminar
American Literature Seminar
World Literature Seminar
Creative Writing Seminar
Writing for Religious Audiences
Graduate Research Methods in English
Critical Theory Seminar
Writing Center Pedagogy and Practice
Literature Pedagogy for Adult Audiences
Introduction to Composition Studies
Total Units30