M.A. in English

Barbara Schapiro
English Department
Craig-Lee Hall 369
(401) 456-8667
(401) 456-8028

The English Department at Rhode Island College prepares its graduate students to read, write, and think critically about literature and culture on an advanced level. We expose students to a variety of theoretical and pedagogical approaches, and we promote their ability to pursue independent research by presenting current resources and methodologies in the field. By offering a broad range of courses, we allow students to expand their knowledge about literature, theory, and criticism; by working with students individually on directed studies, exams, or theses, we give students the opportunity to explore a subject in depth and to develop expertise in a particular area. The Creative Writing program allows students to expand their knowledge of and proficiency in the crafts of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. All of the graduate programs in English prepare students to function as literary professionals, whether as teachers, writers, or scholars.


  • Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct advanced research in a literary, linguistic, or theoretical/critical area.
  • Students will produce effective critical, analytic writing that situates an argument within a larger critical or theoretical context and that correctly incorporates secondary sources according to MLA guidelines.
  • Students in the M. A. literature program will demonstrate expertise in one or two specific areas through substantial critical writing, either in the form of a thesis or a comprehensive examination.
  • Students in the M. A. Creative Writing program will demonstrate a mastery of the theories and techniques of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction by producing a thesis of original, publishable quality work in one or more of these genres.

Admission Requirements

  • A Outside Linkcompleted application form accompanied by a fifty-dollar nonrefundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in 24 credit hours of upper-level courses in English language and literature.
  • An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Advanced Literature in English Examination (optional).
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from English professors.
  • A 1-2 page Statement of Intent outlining your goals for the program and your relevant background.
  • A plan of study approved by the advisor and appropriate dean.

Course Requirements

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Note: The M.A. program in English does not lead to teacher certification. Students interested in certification to teach English in the secondary school should see Secondary Education in the section titled Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

Student Handbook

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Page last updated: Friday, July 29, 2016