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M.A. in English with a Concentration in Literature

M.A. in English – Concentration in LiteratureThe 33-credit M.A. in English with a concentration in literature is designed for teachers, future doctoral students and those interested in expanding their knowledge of literary traditions. The program is based predominantly on courses in American, British and comparative literatures. Our professors engage in a variety of critical approaches, helping students to develop as careful readers of literature, skillful writers and knowledgeable teachers.

About the Field of Literature

English is part of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, a group of disciplines including Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences that have long been seen as fundamental to being a well-educated person. The specialized study of literature prepares students to teach English at the secondary and post-secondary level. Furthermore, it helps students develop skills that are essential in the professional world. These include good writing, critical reading, evaluating evidence, making an argument, doing research to gain new knowledge and seeing things from other people’s points of view. These skills are transferrable to almost any job or career – and for the many different types of work one may do over the course of one’s professional life.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to this program you must:

  • Submit an academic writing sample that reflects your writing and analytic abilities 
  • Submit a letter of intent that describes why you want to pursue an M.A. in English 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic professors. 
  • Submit official educational transcripts with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better, preferable at least 6 credits in advanced English courses. 
  • Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions (see Submitting an Application for Admission) (This package will be reviewed by an English Graduate Admissions Committee)

Submitting an Application For Admission

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.

Program Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon maintaining an overall 3.0 grade-point average in graduate coursework.

For more information about the program, contact the English Department’s graduate advisor, Marilyn Boutwell. For further information about the MA and the other programs and activities of the Department, visit The Longest Island (the English Department’s blog).



Required (for both M.A. and M.F.A. students): English 707 Methods of Research and Criticism (3 credits)


Required: Seven literature courses (21 credits)


Required: Two courses in any English M.A. concentration (6 Credits). Notes: Teaching Assistants are required to take English 646 Individual & Small Group Writing Instruction. Teaching Fellows are required to take English 700 Practicum in the Teaching of Writing.


Required: English 708 Thesis (3 credits)