As a student in our MA program, you will study in small and collaborative classes with dedicated and accomplished faculty.

In your coursework, you will explore an expanding literary canon: American, British, postcolonial, and transnational literatures in English.  You will study special topics in literary criticism and theory, media studies, digital cultures, and composition studies.  You will experiment with a variety of critical approaches and debate interconnections between social, cultural, political, and aesthetic frames.  Your graduate study (Graduate Handbook) will culminate in an Advanced Project with an option to write a three-credit thesis.  You may also combine your MA in English with an Advanced Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management in the Huether School of Business.  If you are a secondary school teacher, you can complete your professional certification through our MA in English.

Many of our students have presented at regional, national, and international conferences, or gone on to publish papers they produce in class.  Recent graduates are employed in publishing, journalism, law, business, nonprofit organizations, public service, web development, middle and high schools  and academia.  Our graduates have earned PhDs in universities in the United States as well as abroad.  In a survey, 80% of alumni respondents indicated that they are employed in an area that draws on the skills developed in their graduate studies at The College of Saint Rose.

The College’s location in Albany, capital city of New York, offers a wealth of cultural and literary opportunities.  The Frequency North Reading Series at Saint Rose as well as the nearby New York State Writers Institute offer students opportunities to attend readings and lectures by professional writers and critics.  We are also within driving distance of The Clark Museum, MASS MoCA, Dia: Beacon, Montreal, New York City, and Boston.


“I know that pursuing and earning my MA in English has enriched my life and was a big factor in being hired for my current job. . . . It’s something that precedes me in almost all introductions: ‘This is Emily. She has a couple of English degrees.’ It has given me confidence and credibility when it comes to a lot of tasks associated with my job. . . . My boss just said to me a couple weeks ago, ‘Man, I never knew how much we needed a writer around here!’ Score one for English majors!”

Emily LaPointe, Communications Coordinator at Northern Contours

My English graduate study imbued me with a sense of confidence that I simply did not have before my experience at St. Rose. . . . Much of my professional work involves writing and teaching. My experiences in the classroom as a student gave me the practical experience I needed to succeed. Ultimately, my time at Saint Rose turned out to be more meaningful for my career than I initially realized.

Kelly Weiss, Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional at The College Experience Program