Application Deadline

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)

All supporting documents (e.g. official transcripts, recommendations, personal statement, etc.) can be emailed to


The program is designed for those who wish to enlarge their knowledge of literature, improve their critical thinking and writing skills, and/or to improve their skills as high school teachers of English. It is of interest to recent graduates, to students who wish to resume their graduate education, and to teachers with initial certification who wish to deepen their knowledge of English and complete their professional certification requirements.

Two options are offered, one with a concentration in literature and one with a concentration in rhetoric.

Students electing the literature option will take at least five of seven total courses in literature (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 and the independent study, ENG 780 for writing their MA thesis (28-32 pages).

In sum, 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.

Contact Information

Katharine Goodland

Program Coordinator
Building 2S, Room 121
Phone : 718.982.3639
Contact Via Email

Application & Graduate Catalog

Admission Requirements

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.

Application Procedures

Graduate Application:

The application must be completed online at Graduate Application.


Applicants must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. If you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, have one transcript sent now and another sent when you complete the courses that you are taking. Applicants who have been enrolled at CSI do not need to request a CSI transcript; the Office of Recruitment and Admissions will obtain a copy.

Application Fee:

A $75.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants. Please make your check or money order payable to the College of Staten Island. Veterans are exempt from paying the application fee. Veterans must provide proof of their Veteran/Military status in order to be waived from paying the application fee.

Personal Statement:

Applicants must submit a one-to-two page personal statement that discusses the academic experiences that have prepared you for the graduate program in English.

Letters of Recommendation:

Two letters of recommendation that are preferably from current or former 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 also submit 2-3 essays written for an English course that totals 10 pages with verified authorship. The simplest way to verify your authorship is to submit copies of essays with the Instructors comments and grade on them.

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

All documents must be submitted to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

Mailing Address:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions, Graduate Unit
College of Staten Island, CUNY
2800 Victory Boulevard, Building 2A, Room 103
Staten Island, NY 10314