M.A. degree program in English
HEGIS code 1501
NYS SED program code 02044

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The master of arts in English program immerses students in literature dating from the Middle Ages through the present. Through the study and analysis of a variety of literary texts, critical and theoretical approaches (including, among others, new historicism, reader-response theory, deconstruction, feminist criticism, and post-colonial studies), and historical concepts, students are afforded the opportunity to develop individual interpretations of texts and to evaluate controversies surrounding the canon. Small-group tasks, oral presentations, short papers, and longer research papers complement lectures, discussions, and examinations. Travel and research grants are available to our students, several of whom have presented at graduate colloquia at Brooklyn College and at other universities throughout the country and abroad, or have had papers accepted for publication in journals.

Our graduates have found new employment or enhanced their present careers in diverse fields including education, publishing, writing for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Others have been accepted into doctoral programs.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Davis, James Graduate Deputy 718-951-5197 2314 Boylan Hall jcdavis @ brooklyn.cuny.edu call/email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department English
Fall Application Deadline May 1st - Rolling Admission
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - Rolling Admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.'

2. Two letters of recommendation

3 A sample of critical writing on literary topics (about 10 pages, typically consisting of undergraduate writing, e.g., one paper or two shorter papers); a statement of academic purpose (two pages).


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63

Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer at least 15 credits in advanced courses in English literature.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00.

Applicants must submit a sample of critical writing of about ten pages, and a two-page statement of academic purpose.

Foreign applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 650 on the paper-based test or 280 on the computer-based test, or 114 on the Internet-based test before being considered for admission.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

Degree requirements
Thirty-three credits are required for the degree.

Courses in English and comparative literature are grouped in the following areas of study:

1. Literature before 1500: English 7101X, 7102X, 7103X, 7120X, CMLT 7130X.
2. Literature from 1500 to 1800: English 7201X, 7202X, 7205X, 7206X, 7203X, 7204X, 7220X, CMLT 7230X.
3. Literature from 1800 to 1900: English 7301X, 7302X, 7303X, 7304X, 7305X, 7320X, CMLT 7330.
4. Literature from 1900 to the present: English 7401X, 7402X, 7403X, 7404X, 7405X, 7406X, 7420X, CMLT 7430X.
5. Theory and criticism: English 7508X, 7501X, 7502X, 7503X, 7504X, 7505X, 7506X, 7507X, 7520X.
6. Language: English 7601X, 7602X, 7603X, 7604X, 7605X, 7620X.

The following courses are required: English 7501X; English 7800X; English 7810X; one course from five of the six areas of study; two electives. Students must complete English 7501X, which satisfies the area 5 requirement, in one of their first two semesters in the program

Students must consult with an advisor to choose one area in which to complete three courses in total for a specialization.

Early in the first term, students must have a program of study approved by the English Department.

Students must submit a thesis acceptable to the department on a subject related to their area of specialization.

Students must pass the English Department M.A. French or Spanish examination or a test administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or they must pass a foreign language course acceptable to the deputy chairperson. The foreign language requirement may be waived for a native speaker with permission of the English graduate deputy.

Courses in the English Department offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses.