Graduate students in the master's in English program examine how biblical studies, church history, and theology can inform the reading, writing, and critical analysis of literary and cultural texts. Throughout the program, students learn to demonstrate the ways Christian faith enriches the creative process of writers, scholars, teachers, and literary artists.

Students in the MA in English are encouraged especially to investigate the aesthetic, cultural, historical, and philosophical intersections between literature and Christianity. Graduate course offerings frequently position literary texts and critical methodologies alongside theology, religious history, and historical movements in the Christian tradition.

The master’s degree curriculum examines literary theory and methodology from a variety of schools and perspectives, including those associated with Christianity. The MA in English emphasizes critical thought and rigorous conversation, while respecting a historically orthodox and presently active understanding of Christianity. By utilizing advanced research and creative writing skills, students are equipped to produce and analyze texts across a variety of literary forms, styles, and genres. Graduates of the program are able to identify and apply current methods of teaching literature and writing for diverse audiences.

Career Enrichment Opportunities

There are a number of career enrichment opportunities that MA in English students can apply for during their graduate program. These opportunities offer in-the-field experience and skill development, preparing students as strong candidates in the marketplace.

  • Editorial Assistant—Work for the journal Christianity and Literature. Graduate students work alongside the editor and associate editors to help manage the editorial office.
  • Writing Tutor—As tutors in APU’s Writing Center, graduate students tutor both undergraduate and fellow graduate students, organize writing workshops, and more.
  • Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant—Working closely with a faculty member, graduate students are mentored in teaching, grading, and research.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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