Master of Arts (M.A.) in English, Ph.D. in English
The Master of Arts in English at St. John’s University offers students a broad and intensive engagement with literary, cultural, and writing studies. Distinguished faculty members teach courses in traditional and emerging fields of literature, cultural studies, critical theory, writing, and composition studies.
The 33-credit program features the option to write a three-credit master’s thesis in place of one course. In the final semester of course work, each student submits a master’s portfolio, including one extensively revised paper and a 10- page critical overview of his or her growth as a reader, scholar, and writer.
The program is designed for both full-time graduate students and professional educators, administrators, and writers who want to pursue a master’s degree part-time. As a full-time student, you can complete the degree in three or four semesters. If you are a part-time student, you may proceed more gradually toward completing the requirements.
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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at St. John’s University distinguishes itself through its integration of rigorous research and writing with pedagogical theory and practice. As a student in the program, you’ll combine advanced literary, cultural, and writing studies with preparation for teaching. You’ll work with our distinguished faculty members to explore traditional and emerging fields of literature, cultural studies, critical theory, and composition and rhetoric, while gaining experience teaching undergraduate courses in writing and literature.
The Ph.D. is the highest degree offered by the Department of English.
The program is designed for both full-time graduate students and professional educators, administrators, and writers who wish to complete a doctoral degree part-time. Pursuing full-time study, you can complete the Ph.D. in about five to six years: two years of coursework, followed by approximately three or four years completing the oral comprehensive exams and dissertation while teaching. As a part-time student, you’ll proceed more gradually toward completing the requirements.