English, BA/MA

English, BA/MA

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Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in English



Humanities and Social Sciences


Next Classes Start

August 27, 2024

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Program at a Glance

Personalize your Master of Arts in English to focus on contemporary literary and theoretical trends in literary studies. You can study abroad, conduct an independent study, write a master’s thesis, and/or earn a certificate in gender studies. A teaching practicum at a local community college also offers invaluable hands-on experience.

Program Coordinator : Jo Carney, carney@tcnj.edu


  • full time: in as few as 5 years
  • part time: varies


  • On campus


  • per credit

Who Should Pursue This Program?

If you’ve already earned your bachelor’s degree and are a working professional, this program offers the flexibility you need. While many students are part-time, full-time students can complete the degree in less than two years. You can also earn credit for an independent study, research conducted with a faculty member, and independent research culminating in a master’s thesis.


Be well-prepared for careers in areas including teaching, business, human resources, writing/editing/publishing, web/social media content, public relations/marketing, librarianship, arts management, the nonprofits world, and government.

Engaged Faculty

The program is led by dedicated faculty who are active scholars with diverse research interests and expertise. Our classes teach strong writing, research, and analytical skills that transfer to various professional careers.

First-year and transfer applicants may apply for accelerated bachelor's to master's degrees. Admission into the graduate portion of the program is based on performance at the undergraduate level. Current undergraduate TCNJ students may be eligible for an accelerated program by meeting program requirements and should consult with the intended program’s coordinator for more information.

Apply Now | Recommendation Form | Accelerated MA in English

Applications are due in the Fall of your Junior year (October 15th). Applications are due to the English Department—not the Office of Graduate Studies—through the application on the MA website.

You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and a 3.4 for English classes at TCNJ.

Application requirements include:

  • A completed application
  • 2 letters of recommendation from TCNJ faculty members (one must be from the English department) who can evaluate the candidate’s research and writing skills
  • Unofficial transcripts from TCNJ
  • A writing sample (a piece of analytical writing from a 300- or 400-level course at TCNJ–submitted without any grade or comments).
  • Students applying for this program do not need to take GREs, and you do not have to pay an application fee.
  • Applicants will be notified by October 30th with admission decisions in time for Summer registration.
  • Online application and all supplemental documents must be submitted to the English Department.


We consider applications on a space-available basis. You can apply up to and including the first day of the semester.

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The Department of English provides curriculum and requirements.

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TCNJ students pay undergraduate tuition and fees for the undergraduate portion of the program. When students matriculate into the graduate portion of the program, they pay graduate tuition and fees. Financial aid and assistantships are available.

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