MA in English & Creative Writing - Poetry

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Focus on Poetry with your Master’s in English
and Creative Writing

Foster your appreciation for verse with the inspiration, passion and creative collaboration that only a master’s in poetry concentration can bring. The English and creative writing master’s in poetry online curriculum focuses your study of literature on a genre where every word counts and interpretations abound. Hone your understanding and your craft, unleashing your imagination to create imagery that moves and inspires.

Gaining an appreciation for the unique craft and vision of poetry is critical to learning to think, understand and communicate with the world at large. While a master’s in poetry is valuable in and of itself, it can also be of benefit for many professional paths.  You can explore careers in creative writing, advertising, journalism, publishing, copywriting and poetry, as well as teaching.

At the culmination of the program, you will develop your own manuscript of poetry, one that takes you deep into subjects and themes that matter to you and explores the skills you need to convey your vision.

Take the road less traveled with an online
Poetry Concentration

Poetry is a verbal art form and this master’s in poetry drives students to a new level of analysis, appreciation and understanding. Through an intense love of poetry, you will learn how to write your own personal brand of poetry, one that reaches and inspires wide audiences.

Poetry Concentration

ENG-528: Poetry Fundamentals
This course is designed to deepen writers' understanding and mastery of elements of poetry (including tone of voice; traditional, formal, and "informal" structure; imagery; meter and rhythm; and use of sound and diction) and to introduce major movements in English and American poetry. In addition to producing their own poems, writers will read poetry and also prose about poetry by major poets.
Take ENG-550 for 2014 catalog and prior and ENG 51
ENG-548: Poetry Thesis Writing
In this course, writers will produce work to include in their theses and offer constructive feedback on class members' writing. Writers will also read and discuss seminal poems in the English and American traditions. In addition, writers will reflect on their creation and revision processes, and begin to draft a preface that articulates their own poetic and provides an overview of the thesis.
ENG-528 and 24 completed credits
ENG-558: Poetry Thesis Completion
In this course, writers will select the work they will include in their theses, continue to revise them, and offer constructive feedback on class members' writing. Writers will complete the preface they began in their previous coursework, in which they will articulate their own poetic choices, identify the major works in the thesis, and explain why they included these works, and why they sequenced them as they did.

Careers benefiting from an online
Poetry concentration

Like the other concentrations in creative writing, the concentration in Poetry can find application to a number of careers, including advertising, journalism, publishing, editing – any career that requires an ability to turn a phrase.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Additional requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree (can be in a discipline outside of the intended MA degree program).
  • Statement of Purpose: 200-500 words explaining why you wish to enter the program.
  • Writing Sample:  Minimum 3-5 pages (i.e. research paper, creative work, critical analysis of a literary piece, or work from previous academic studies).

Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 are eligible for provisional acceptance. Based on your educational background, some Master of Arts provisional students may be required to take SNHU 501 – Introduction to Graduate Studies – which will provide students with the scholarly tools to be successful in their Master of Arts program of study. This policy is effective for new students enrolling for the 15TW4 graduate term starting April 27, 2015.

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