Masters - English and Creative Writing: Poetry

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Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry program offers an environment of creative collaboration where you have the opportunity to hone your understanding of the craft of poetry and develop your own manuscript of poetry. Discover more about the Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry program offered online at Southern New Hampshire University offers you the opportunity to explore the history of English, English linguistics, etymology, vocabulary, semantics, and child language acquisition. You'll be introduced to contemporary literary theories and principal features of psychoanalytic criticism, feminism, and Marxism. You can take a seminar in teaching writing and learn the fundamentals of poetry, including tone, imagery, meter and rhythm, and traditional, formal, and informal structure. Throughout the program you will read and discuss English and American works, give constructive feedback on fellow students' works, and produce your own work as part of your thesis.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Before applying to the Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry program, you must already possess a bachelor's degree or equivalent and must submit a Statement of Purpose essay about why you are pursuing this degree.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To earn the Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry from Southern New Hampshire University, you must complete a total of 36 credits. The program includes nine English and creative writing courses and three poetry concentration courses.

English and Creative Writing Courses*

Course CodeCourse Name
EDU 750 Seminar in Teaching Writing
ENG 550 Graduate Studies in English Language
LIT 500 Graduate Studies in Literary Theory
Choose 3 of the following:
LIT 506 Medieval Literature
LIT 514 American Realism and Naturalism
LIT 555 American Modernism
LIT 650 Graduate Seminar in American Literature
LIT 651 Graduate Seminar in British Literature
LIT 652 Graduate Seminar in Global Literature
Choose one of the following courses outside of your chosen concentration:
ENG 523 Screenwriting Fundamentals
ENG 528 Poetry Fundamentals
ENG 529 Fiction Fundamentals
ENG 530 Non-Fiction Fundamentals
Choose 2 of the following:
ENG 531 Fiction and Film
ENG 532 Studies in Places and Setting
ENG 540 Context of Writing: Writers / Publishers

Poetry Concentration Courses

Course CodeCourse Name
ENG 528 Poetry Fundamentals
ENG 548 Poetry Thesis Writing
ENG 558 Poetry Writing Completion

*Coursework subject to change.

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

The Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry program can help you prepare for career opportunities in a range of fields, including advertising, journalism, publishing, or teaching. Depending on your professional interests, you could seek positions with newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies, publishing houses, or schools. Examples of positions you could pursue include:

  • Secondary/ Middle School Teacher
  • Copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Poet
  • Editor