M.A. Program in English

MA Program in English
300 Pompton Road, Atrium 220, Wayne, NJ 07470
Director: Dr. Rajender Kaur; (973) 720-3704

The Department of English offers graduate programs leading to an M.A. in English with a concentration in either literature or writing. Graduate courses are scheduled during the late afternoons and evenings. Classes are small enough to allow a close working relationship with the faculty.

The literature concentration offers students advanced study and enrichment in English and American Literature and contextual studies, literary criticism, history of the language, and modern linguistics.

The writing concentration offers aspiring writers, pre-professionals, teachers who wish to update their skills, and individuals interested in writing as process enough structure to supply a firm foundation and enough flexibility to accommodate individual writing goals.

Our faculty publish literary criticism, fiction, poetry, biography, autobiography, gender studies, interviews, editions of essays and letters, and textbooks. Their most recent books include: A Precious Seeing: Love and Reason in Shakespeare's Plays; Senhora - Profile of a Woman; Dream House: A Memoir; "Bad Girls"/"Good Girls": Women, Sex, and Power in the Nineties; The Crane Log: A Documentary Life of Stephen Crane; Literature and Society; City Life: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara; The Tapestry Grammar: A Reference for Learners of English; A Life of Kenneth Rexroth; Approaches to Teaching Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury"; The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Carl Van Vechten, 1913-1946. Their publishers include the University of Texas Press, New York University Press, W.W. Norton, Rutgers University Press, Prentice Hall, and Knopf.

View Program Requirements & Courses

Prospective students: please note, this program is currently not accepting new students.


Students preparing the thesis proposal should consult the following documents:

Thesis Declaration of Intent

Thesis Proposal Guidelines: Literature

Thesis Proposal Guidelines: Writing

Thesis Proposal Cover Sheet

Thesis Title Page Sample

Guidelines for Thesis Completion: M.A. in Writing

Guidelines for Thesis Completion: M.A. in Literature