The MA in English, Creative Writing and Literature tracks, introduces graduate students to advanced study in the art of language. Courses provide an opportunity for deep and sustained analysis of a variety of literary texts, emphasizing advanced critical and theoretical approaches. The program encourages students to work closely with faculty mentors and culminates in a substantial (and potentially publishable) independent project focusing on an area of the student’s interest and emerging expertise. Graduate students additionally have the opportunity to meet with nationally and internationally recognized authors through Brockport's visiting writers series, The Writers Forum.

For accepted students exhibiting superior promise, the department has a limited number of assistantships available that provide a stipend and a tuition scholarship for up to nine graduate credits per semester. They are awarded on a competitive basis with an April 15 application deadline. Further information on assistantships may be obtained from The Center for Graduate Studies.

What You’ll Learn

English is a diverse and ever-changing discipline. Explore either literature or creative writing in our program.
The MA in English Literature provides an opportunity for deep analysis of literary texts. The program emphasizes advanced critical and theoretical approaches.
The MA in Creative writing is for poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction writers. The program allows you to hone your craft while reading intensively.


Gain practical experience and a degree. Choose from a literature or creative writing concentration. Students complete either degree option in a 36-credit program.
Most courses are offered in the evening.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires the following:
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of objectives
  • Writing sample


Summer or Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: November 15

Career Outlook

Graduates advance professionally in a broad range of professions including:
  • Teaching at all educational levels from elementary school to college
  • Academic administration
  • Law
  • Sales and management
  • Library and Information Technology Services
  • Communications
  • Technical writing
Program taught in:
  • English

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