English, M.A.

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May 21, 2018

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Our program offers a rich diverse group of courses and extracurricular opportunities in intimate settings. Courses feature big ideas and ambitions in small seminars and workshops, student writing projects for local business partners, film screenings, guest speakers, and performances from visiting writers and artists.

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What you will study: 

Our 30-credit program allows you to choose from one of three tracks of study to tailor your education to your interests. Depending on your professional goals, you can choose a teaching internship, independent study project to strengthen your knowledge of literature and language or a thesis.

  • ENG 502 - Theories of Teaching Composition, credit: 3
  • ENG 537 - Ethnicity and Cultural Difference in Literature, credit: 3
  • ENG 566 - Literary Criticism, credit: 3
  • ENG 519 - Shakespeare's Development, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

I always thought people who wrote manuals were engineers, but you really need a translator to distinguish the technical language of an engineer and the knowledge of a user. It’s a fabulous career for someone with my interests and my personality.
Marshall Ennis, M'12

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Learning outcomes: 

Our program is designed to meet the needs of elementary and secondary teachers seeking permanent certification, people interested in post-secondary teaching or writing, and those contemplating further study of English literature and language at Ph.D. granting institutions.

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
Writing sample (optional)
Your writing sample should demonstrate your ability to convey your thoughts clearly in writing. Address all topics the department indicates as vital to assessing your written communication skills. Length can vary depending on the department, but should not exceed two pages unless otherwise specified.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities. (At least one of these recommendations must be from your school district.)
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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