The Master of Arts in English program provides a strong foundation in English, American, and comparative literature and in literary theory and analysis. This versatile program includes a broad offering of courses, personalized plans of study, and an opportunity to take courses in writing or writing instruction. Students may design a program of study that combines the traditional and the cutting edge, with course topics ranging from Shakespeare, Chaucer, and classic American writers to postcolonial fiction, the post modern novel, and feminist theory. The Simmons English program attracts men and women who wish to teach, as well as those who plan to pursue a Ph.D. or a profession that requires a strong foundation in writing or in the critical analysis of literature. Students enjoy a collegial relationship with faculty who are award-winning poets and playwrights, authors, reviewers, and nationally known scholars. Faculty areas of interest span historical periods, genres, and cultures, including the Bible, Romantic poetry, Native American studies, Victorian literature, children’s literature, film theory, ethnic literature, and writing pedagogy.
The 32-credit English program is individually prescribed; the student is permitted to take certain courses in subjects closely adjacent to English provided these courses are directly relevant to a coherent plan of graduate work. Each student entering the program is required to take ENGL 405, Contemporary Critical Theory, unless he/she has had the equivalent. The department advises one course in medieval or Renaissance literature unless the student has already successfully completed such a course. A master’s thesis is optional; students may elect to write a thesis as one of their courses. The remainder of the program is elected from courses best adapted to the student’s needs and interests as determined in consultation with the program director.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. The exam will be waived if the applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution.
Officially translated and evaluated transcripts are required if not originally written in English. Only transcripts translated and evaluated by authorized organizations are accepted. Simmons College prefers either World Education Services (www.wes.org) or the Center for Educational Documentation (www.cedevaluations.com)
International students must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds available to meet all the travel, living, and educational expenses for graduate study in the United States. This information must be provided if you are admitted to a graduate program at Simmons College.