Please Note:

The Simmons English MA program is not currently accepting applications for enrollment. Please contact Graduate Admission to discuss your program options.
Program Requirements

The 32-credit English program is individually prescribed; with guidance from the program director, students design a course of study that comports with their academic and professional interests. Only two courses are mandatory: ENGL 404 Graduate Proseminar and ENGL 405 Contemporary Critical Theory. The remainder of the 8-course program is elected from offerings best adapted to the student’s needs and interests. Along with literary training, students develop practical skills in research and pedagogy through their chosen course work and available research and teaching assistantships. Select students are allowed to pursue advanced research that culminates in a thesis taken as a ninth course. While this flexible program can be completed in three semesters, a typical course load is two classes per semester, and part-time students are allowed up to five years to complete the degree.

All students are considered for financial merit-awards upon application to the program.

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Customize Your Program

The MA in English grants students a strong foundation in literary studies while also allowing them freedom to explore their personal academic interests. This foundation begins with our two core courses: ENGL 404 Graduate Proseminar and ENGL 405 Contemporary Critical Theory. The Proseminar refines students’ existent literary skills and introduces them to graduate work through the study of high level research and scholarship connected to particular texts or genres. Building upon the essential skills in analysis, writing and research students master in the Proseminar, Contemporary Critical Theory helps students become fully conversant in the discourses and theories that shape literary and cultural criticism, ranging from feminist and critical race theory to queer theory and New Historical approaches.

The director of the program works hand-in-hand with students to design the rest of their course study around classes that benefit their professional careers beyond the program. We educate women and men who enter into a variety of fields, including teaching, business, publishing, film production, law and PhD programs. Students interact closely with professors who are renowned scholars of their fields, taking classes with experts whose passions, research and scholarship are rooted in the course material they teach. Faculty areas of interest span historical periods, genres and cultures, including:

  • The Bible
  • Romantic poetry
  • Native American studies
  • Feminist and Cultural studies
  • Victorian literature
  • Children’s literatureFilm and Television theory
  • Ethnic literature
  • Dramatic studies
  • Psychoanalytic theory
  • Writing pedagogy

Students also have the option to pursue one of our dual degrees:

    Sheldon George
    • Sheldon George
    • Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in English
    • Phone: 617-521-2211
    • Office: C310N
    Renee Bergland
    • Renee Bergland
    • Professor of English and Department Chair
    • Office: C310K
    Pamela Bromberg
    Kelly Hager
    • Kelly Hager
    • Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies | Chair of Women's & Gender StudiesEnglish and Women's & Gender Studies
    • Phone: 617-521-2173
    • Office: C310D
    Suzanne Leonard
    • Suzanne Leonard
    • Associate Professor of English
    • Phone: 617-521-2544
    • Office: C310H
    Lowry Pei
    • Lowry Pei
    • Professor of English
    • Phone: 617-521-2216
    • Office: C310P
    Richard Wollman