English, Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The Department of English offers an intensive, accelerated combined degree program leading to both the B.A. and M.A. degrees in five years of full-time study. Students who have been accepted into the program take one graduate course each semester of their junior and senior years; this course counts toward both the B.A. and M.A. degrees. In the fifth year students take the remaining seven graduate courses needed to complete the degree.

All of the English graduate courses at St. John’s are seminars taught by research faculty who are committed to teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.  The English Master's degree curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop programs of study that meet their intellectual and professional goals.  Because there is only one required foundational course (Modern Critical Theories), the program provides flexibility for students seeking either broad exposure to advanced English studies or more intensive concentrations in specific fields.  Among the areas of study featured in the program are British and American literary history, creative writing and composition studies, and interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies and postcolonial studies.  The English department has especially strong numbers of faculty in American studies, modernist studies, and writing and composition studies.  It also features excellent faculty in British literary studies.


Dr. Steven Mentz, Graduate Director
Department of English
St. John Hall
Queens Campus

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Entrance Requirements
Qualified undergraduate students who have completed their sophomore year with a 3.0 cumulative average and a 3.5 for 12 or more credits in English are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
The process takes about 3-4 weeks. You may download an application, or obtain one from the Graduate Office, St. John Hall, Rm. 135.

  • Consult the most recent graduate bulletin to check your eligibility for the program.
  • It is recommended that you make an appointment with the Chair to discuss the suitability of the program for your career and graduate studies interests.
  • Complete the top portion of the application. Be sure to include email and a list of former undergraduate institutions you have attended.
  • Bring the application to the Registrar (Newman 106) in order to print your transcript and have it certified.
  • Bring the application and certified transcripts to the Dean's office in St. John Hall, Rm. 135. The Dean will calculate your GPA and forward it to the undergraduate Dean's office for review.
  • The undergraduate Dean will review the application and forward it to the English department chair.
  • The English chair will review the application and make a recommendation to the graduate Dean.
  • The graduate Dean will then review all recommendations and confirm whether each applicant meets the entrance requirements and has enough cumulative credits, as well as credits available in the major or electives for the twelve (12) graduate credits required as an undergraduate. The Dean will inform applicants in writing of their admission to the program.

Complementing the graduate courses in the M.A. program are opportunities for practical experience in tutoring, editing, and research.  A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis to all qualified full-time graduate applicants, while additional opportunities for tutoring are available for all English graduate students.  With the 2006 opening of the Institute for Writing Studies, the graduate program in English features an exceptional new environment for professional training and development in writing instruction.

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis to all qualified full-time graduate students. Interested B.A./M.A. students should complete an English Master’s program application, which includes a statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation, and submit this application to the chair by March 1.  The application forms are available in the Graduate Office, St. John Hall, Rm. 135.

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