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Graduate Program Description

The Department of English Masters program’s two dozen scholars, poets and novelists have earned international reputation by publishing more than 135 books and 1000 articles and reviews. Besides more traditional courses (Chaucer) and innovative versions of traditional subjects, like Race and Gender in the Renaissance, or Global Romanticism, we offer considerable topical variety: for example, Transnational Muslim Fiction; The Vietnam War and American Culture, 1945-2009; African Diaspora Literature; The Gilded Age; Harlem Renaissance; Empire and the Spy Novel; various film offerings; and other critical theories as well as the publishing business.

An optional concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies provides the study of gender and sexuality from a variety of perspectives with interdisciplinary classes in American Studies and Global Affairs.

Classes are small and taught in an intimate setting. The student/teacher ratio allows for individualized attention from a devoted teaching oriented faculty.

At the completion of the masters program in English, students will gain:

  • Acquisition of analytic skills and the ability to use them to write substantive essays about texts that fall under the rubric of literature.

  • Acquisition of research skills and the use of them to further literary analysis.

  • Knowledge of literary theory.

  • An enhancement of students' own pedagogic abilities through oral presentations.

  • A shared sense of intellectual community through the facilitation of dialogue among students and between students and faculty.


David Baker, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director

360 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Hill Hall | Room 522

Phone: 973-353-5061



Website: English

General Information

Degree Offered: M.A.
Part Time Study Available: Yes

Degree Credit Requirements

M.A.: 30 credits

Career Opportunities 

-Publishing Journalism
-Corporate Communications Law
-Library Science
-Teaching in High Schools and Colleges

Application Requirements and Deadlines

All transcripts – GRE [optional] – TOEFL – 3 Letters of Recommendation – Sample of academic or professional writing - Personal Statement.

Fall admission: August 15

Spring admission: December 1

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