U.S. News & World Report ranks Rutgers University – Newark as New Jersey's top public university to offer a master's degree program in English. Our M.A. classes are taught by one of the most diverse and highly respected faculties in the country, widely published scholars who are working to redefine what "English" means in an increasingly global twenty-first century. Faculty in the Department of English have published more than 135 books and more than a thousand articles between them.


The English M.A. program offers:

  • Both full- and part-time study, for maximum flexibility
  • Small seminars of 7–15 students
  • Classes that meet one evening a week to accommodate busy work schedules
  • Scholarships and fellowships, awarded on a competitive basis, to reduce tuition costs
  • A series of lectures and readings by nationally recognized scholars, poets, novelists, and artists


The thirty-credit M.A. degree requires:

  • Intro to Graduate Literary Study
  • Two classes on literature before 1800
  • One class on American literature
  • Six elective classes in English, American, or Anglophone literature
  • A reading exam in a foreign language
  • A comprehensive exam on literature

An optional master’s thesis is the equivalent of six credits.

There is an optional concentration in Women's and Gender Studies.

Career Paths

Our M.A. students include high school English teachers working on professional development and staying current with the latest developments in the field, students planning to pursue a Ph.D. in English, journalists, and those who simply want further opportunities to study literature. Recent graduates of the English M.A. program are pursuing doctorates; working in publishing, journalism, and corporate communications; studying librarianship, law, and creative writing; serving in educational administration; and teaching in high schools, colleges, and universities.


To apply for the Rutgers University–Newark English M.A., visit


Application deadlines are August 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring.

Not ready to commit to a thirty-credit degree? You can take up to four classes on a nonmatriculated basis to see whether the program is right for you.

More Information

To learn more, write to Prof. Gabriel Miller, director of the M.A. program in English, or Prof. Jack Lynch, chair of the Department of English. Ask about sitting in on a graduate class.