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2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

English and Creative Writing, M.A.*

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*Applications for spring 2011 and subsequent semesters are no longer being accepted. The Department of English  will offer an M.F.A. in Creative Writing  beginning fall 2011, and invites applications to this new degree program.

Associate Professor Brogger, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5397

This program, scheduled in the late afternoon and evening, Monday through Thursday, offers students the opportunity to earn an M.A. through the completion of 33 s.h. of course work in both English and American literature and creative writing. Candidates will be expected to complete their studies within five years.


Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  2. Grade of B or better in 15 semester hours of upper-division English courses in literature.
  3. A portfolio of approximately 30 pages of recent creative work to be evaluated by the creative writing faculty.
  4. A personal statement explaining the student’s rationale for pursuing graduate study in English and creative writing.

Applicants who do not meet these academic standards are invited to apply, but they may be asked to complete additional undergraduate course work in English. They may also be asked to submit a) satisfactory scores on the GRE, b) a recent writing sample demonstrating a clear ability to analyze a literary text.

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 33

  1. At least 15 s.h. in 200-level literature courses. At least 6 s.h. must be in courses that deal in literature written before 1900;
  2. At least 12 s.h. of 200-level creative writing workshops or tutorials;
  3. Three semester hours (s.h.) earned by the completion of an extended creative writing project under the guidance of an adviser.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all program requirements.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.

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