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Fall - April 30 (Priority Deadline)
Spring - October 31 (Priority Deadline)
(Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis up to three weeks prior to the start of each semester)

The Masters of English Program offers students opportunities for advancing their personal and professional goals within a vibrant learning community. We offer classes in literature, rhetoric, college teaching, and linguistics that emphasize active learning through engaged inquiry, research-based writing, and oral presentations. The program offers several opportunities for intellectual and professional development. All students take a Methods of Graduate Study course and work closely with a mentor on an MA thesis project. Eligible students can cultivate their teaching skills as adjuncts in CSI’s Writing Program.

Two options are offered: concentration in Literature and concentration in Rhetoric.

Students electing the literature option may take all 7 courses in literature, and must take a minimum of five literature courses (ENG 700-level courses); students electing the rhetoric option will take three courses in linguistics or writing (ENG 600-level courses) and four courses in literature (ENG 700-level courses). In addition all students are required to take Methods of Graduate Study, ENG 690; one pre-1800 Literature course; and the independent study, ENG 780 for writing their MA thesis (28-32 pages).

To complete the program, 34 credits are required for the degree: 7 subject matter courses totaling 28 credits, Methods of Graduate Study, ENG 690, for 3 credits, and the Thesis Independent Study, ENG 780 for 3 credits.

We welcome s​​​​tudents who wish to enlarge their knowledge of literature, improve their critical thinking and writing, and gain an understanding of teaching theory and methods for the college English classroom. Because our students come to us with different writing priorities and professional interests, we support them in pursuit of a diverse set of goals--whether to broaden their understanding of literature, teach in local high schools, attend an MFA or PhD program, or enter the workforce in a humanities or writing-based career.

Contact Information

Rosanne Carlo

Program Coordinator

Building 2S, Room 222
Email Rosanne Carlo

Applicants to the program are expected to have a Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited instituition and at least 32 credits of undergraduate courses in English (excluding freshman composition.) A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or a grade point average of 3.0 (B) in English courses.

Graduate Application:


Request official transcripts from all US institutions attended to be sent to CAS. International Transcripts (For those who studied outside of the U.S.) will need to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or  Education Credential Evaluators (ECE).  The evaluation must be sent directly to CAS.  There's a link in the Academic History section of the application to order your official evaluation. 

Application Fee:

Submit a $75.00 non-refundable application fee.  The fee must be paid online via the CAS application system.  Applicants who are veterans of the United States Military Service, currently on Active Duty or members of the National Guard or Reserves, may obtain an application fee waiver.  Veteran applicants must submit proof of their Veteran/Military status (ie., DD-214, Current Military ID Card, or Deployment or Pre-separation orders).  Please send proof to  Once we receive your proof, we will issue a fee waiver.

Personal Statement:

Applicants must submit a personal statement of intent (500-700 words) describing the academic experiences that have brought you to this moment in which you have chose to pursue graduate study in English and your reasons for pursuing the degree.

Letters of Recommendation:

Two letters of recommendation that are preferably from current or former English professors. If necessary, one letter could come from a current or former employer within the past two years.

Writing Sample:
A minimum 8-10 page paper written for an English course with verified authorship. You may submit one paper or several to reach the required 8-10 pages.

English Proficiency Examination:  The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam is required of students for whom English is a second language.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum required score is 79 (Internet). For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the TOEFL website at Our institutional code is 2778.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): We will only accept the academic exam scores. The minimum required score is 6.5 (overall band).  For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the IELTS website
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Minimum required score is 53. For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the PTE website
  • Duolingo English Test: Minimum required score is 100. For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the Duolingo website.