English, MA

English, MA

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Master of Arts in English



Humanities and Social Sciences


Next Classes Start

May 20, 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: 2 years or less
  • part time: up to 6 years


  • On campus


  • comprehensive assessment


  • courses


  • credits


  • 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

In addition to literary scholars and critics, our faculty include poets, novelists, biographers, linguists, and English education specialists. Recent honors range from multiple CASE New Jersey Professor of the Year awards, the Rona Jaffe Foundation award, and a Guggenheim award to fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For your application to be considered complete, you must submit the online application and all supplemental documents.

  • National Standardized Admission Test Requirement: Applicants to the MA in English are required to take the GRE unless they meet the criteria of the waiver policy. The applicant should request that a score report be sent to The College of New Jersey (Code #R2519). The general test information of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be obtained from ETS at 800/GRE-CALL. Test scores may not be more than five years old. Graduate Admission Testing Information and Waivers

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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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We offer the same tuition rates no matter where you live. And there are a range of financial aid and assistantship options for TCNJ graduate students.

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