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English Department Graduate Programs

The English Department offers an array of graduate programs and degrees serving a range of scholarly, creative, and professional goals in the field of English studies. 

Links for each of our programs lead to information about the program’s purposes, study opportunities, course requirements, and admissions procedures. 

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
A full-residency program preparing students for careers as publishing writers, teachers, editors, and professionals in the publishing world.

The Master of Arts and Science in English
The M.A. is designed for students who plan to pursue doctoral studies in English, who want to extend their knowledge and appreciation of literature, composition theory, critical theory, or African-American literature.

The M.S. is designed for students who wish to supplement their work in these fields with electives in related fields. 

Both degrees are appropriate for those who are already certified teachers. 

For students who hold an undergraduate degree in English and wish to pursue certification to teach middle school and high school English. 


Prospective students applying for admission for the M.A. program or the M.S. program should make an appointment with the graduate coordinator, Joel Dodson, at (203) 392-6903, or

If you are hoping to transfer graduate credits taken at another institution, the course(s) in question must meet the guidelines described in the Graduate Catalog; during your initial meeting with the Graduate Coordinator, you can discuss whether and how your credits will transfer.  Transfer credits may not constitute more than 25% of a student's planned program (that is, no more than nine credits for the 36-credit M.A. and M.S. programs), whether the classes were taken prior to admission to Southern or while matriculated in a program at Southern.

Note: Although the department has rolling admissions throughout the year, including the summer, candidates are encouraged to apply by May 1 for the fall semester and by December 1 for the spring semester to guarantee admission for that semester.  Prospective degree candidates may, however, register as part-time non-matriculated students in up to two graduate courses per semester. Up to nine credits of coursework taken as a non-matriculated student may be applied toward the degree.