Master of Arts Program
The Graduate Program in the Department of English offers the MA and the PhD degrees. The MA stresses breadth; the PhD program encourages students to pursue their special interests, whether broadly or narrowly defined. MA candidates do not specialize, but develop a broad knowledge of English literature and language, American literature and literary criticism. Such breadth of knowledge is a prerequisite for PhD candidates, who concentrate on specific fields of scholarly interest before writing a dissertation.
Qualified students holding a bachelor’s degree are eligible for admission to the program. An undergraduate major in English is desirable for admission. All applicants should submit a sample of their critical writing (10-20 pages), as well as GRE general test scores. Those wishing to enter the MA program with a specialization in creative writing should so indicate on the front page of the application and should submit together with a sample of their critical writing a portfolio of their creative work (not more than 50 pages of fiction or 25 pages of verse).
Typically, the department does not offer Teaching Assistantships to MA students.
The application deadline for fall admission to the MA, whether or not the student
wishes to be considered for financial aid, is Feb. 15. The application deadline for
spring admission to the MA, whether or not the student wishes to be considered for
financial aid, is Nov. 15. All applicants for the MA should go to the Graduate School site
in order to enter an online application and learn how to apply.