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Welcome to the Graduate Program in English at Southern Connecticut State University. We are a leading program in the Connecticut region for those seeking Masters training in English literature, secondary education, and creative writing. We offer three graduate degree tracks: 

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

The Master of Arts and Science in English
Two degree pathways for students who wish to extend their knowledge of literature, composition, or critical theory for a career in the humanities or future doctoral study, or to further their credentials as secondary English teachers (Grades 7-12).

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

What makes English graduate studies at Southern different?

Depth, diversity, and community. Here, you’ll study Shakespeare’s contemporaries alongside YA literature, or take a seminar on Thomas Pynchon while specializing in contemporary African American literature. You’ll share evening classes with area teachers and novelists. And you’ll have hands-on opportunities to establish your career through our Graduate Teaching Assistantships, annual symposia, and creative and professional connections in the New Haven community.

Whether you’re looking to become a published author, further your credentials as middle- or high-school teacher, or develop a bridge to the PhD, there’s a pathway here for you. Visit the degree overview pages above, or contact the Graduate Coordinator or MFA administrator for further information. 

How to Apply

For the Masters of Arts or Science in English, see the M.A. / M.S. admission procedures. All applicants are encouraged to contact the English graduate coordinator, Dr. Joel Dodson, to arrange a phone or in-person meeting prior to applying.

For the Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing (fiction or poetry), see the separate MFA admission procedures or contact the Creative Writing administrator, Professor Jeff Mock, for further information.

Deadline: The priority application deadline for the Fall semester is May 1 and for the Spring semester December 1, although we continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until the official university closing date (see the Graduate Admissions page for final submission dates).  To start your application, visit the SCSU Graduate Admissions Portal.

For questions on how to transfer graduate credits or register as a part-time, non-matriculated student, see the English Graduate Handbook and FAQ page.