Monmouth’s 30-credit program offers you a broad spectrum of courses and intensive study of special subjects with faculty who are award-winning, published scholars. You’ll build your future on a sound foundation of course work, academic advising, career mentoring and small classes. And you’ll receive excellent training in writing and research, enabling you to teach at the college level and succeed in a remarkable range of careers.
With three distinct tracks, you can design a program to meet your goals: literature, creative writing, and rhetoric and writing. Each track will prepare you for admission to PhD programs, for careers requiring advanced research and writing skills, and for completing post-baccalaureate study requirements for secondary education teachers.
A symposium each semester provides a forum for students to share their own research in progress with colleagues and faculty. All students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty advisors to complete an original thesis or manuscript. Plus, multiple graduate assistantships allow students to work closely with faculty on research, writing, and publishing.
Creative Writing Concentration
The Creative Writing concentration is one of few such programs in New Jersey. It offers foundation courses in literary study and research with specialized creative writing workshops and tutorials in diverse genres.
In the Literature concentration, students can study a broad range of literature or work closely with one or more faculty members to pursue a more narrowly focused field. Current or prospective teachers interested in broadening their knowledge of literature, those interested in careers in publishing, as well as students interested in pursuing graduate study beyond the MA will find this concentration valuable.
Rhetoric and Writing Concentration
The Rhetoric and Writing concentration is ideal for students whose goal is to teach college composition as well as for students already teaching at the high school or middle school level who wish to enhance their knowledge of rhetoric and the methods of and theories behind teaching composition. The program combines literary study with coursework in rhetoric and composition.