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Master of Arts in English

Trinity’s advanced master’s program in English offers a rich variety of courses in literature, film, and media arts, deepening students' understanding of the field and culminating in either a research thesis or a pedagogical project. 

Where to Start?  Entry into the degree varies depending on when you start:​

​Fall Spring​ ​​​​Summer

​​ENGL 800.  Introduction to​ Graduate Study in English

​ENGL 802. Digital Rhetoric or Specialized Elective

​ENGL 806.  Composition Pedagogy or Specialized Elective

  • Full-time students can complete the degree in two years, by enrolling in two courses over five terms (including one summer).
  • Part-time students who take one course per term can complete the degree in three to four years.
Curriculum:  The M.A. in English consists of 10 course credits. Students choose either a thesis or a pedagogical project as their capstone in the degree.

​​1 Foundational Course

  • ​​ENGL 800.  Introduction to Graduate Study in English (fall)

1-2 Core Courses

​For students completing a thesis or thesis capstone:

  • ​ENGL 801.  Introduction to Literary Theory (fall)

For students completing a pedagogical project as their capstone:

  • ENGL 802.  Digital Rhetoric (spring)

  • ENGL 806.  Composition Pedagogy (summer)

2 Specialized Electives

  • 1 Course in British literature

  • 1 Course in American literature

4 General Electives

  • ​​Any four additional ENGL courses


  • ​2-credit thesis; or

  • 1-credit pedagogical project

​* The Program's director will advise you about which courses can count as specialized electives by category.