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Brooklyn College English Department
MA English and MA English Teacher Programs

Brooklyn College ImageApplication deadlines for the M.A. English program are March 1 for the fall semester, and November 15 for the spring semester. For the M.A. English Teacher program, they are July 15 for the fall semester, and November 15 for the spring semester. Applications submitted after these dates will be considered as openings occur.

Applicants to both the M.A. English and the M.A. English Teacher programs must meet Brooklyn College requirements for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies; they must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have completed an approved undergraduate program of study--including at least 15 credits in advanced courses in English--with a minimum average of B. These should be literature courses beyond any basic "core" or "general distribution" requirements that may exist at the applicant's college.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 650 on the paper test, or 280 on the computer-based test, or 114 on the internet-based test. The equivalent minimum score for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is 8.5.

Applicants are required to submit an application form, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.

In addition:

  • Applicants to the M.A. English program only must submit a sample of critical writing of about ten pages, and a two page statement of academic purpose (both in hard copy only - no e-mail submissions please). The sample of critical writing will typically consist of undergraduate writing (e.g., a paper, or two shorter papers) on literary topics.
  • Applicants to the M.A. English Teacher program must submit a resume and a brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing their reasons for pursuing the program. Those who already have initial state certification must attach a photo copy of their New York State or other state teaching certificate.

All applications and supporting documents (except for the writing sample and statement of academic purpose required of M.A. English applicants - see below) should be sent to:

Office of Admissions (ATTN: Graduate Admissions)
Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11210-2889

For M.A. English applicants only, the samples of critical writing and statements of purpose should be sent directly to:

Professor James Davis
Deputy Chairperson for Graduate Studies
Department of English
Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11210-2889

(Please note that writing samples will not be returned)

Applications can only be submitted online. Click here for various application forms (Graduate Admission Application form, Letters of Recommendation form, etc.).