Department of English


MA Program

The University of Rochester’s English MA program differs from many of its peer-programs by virtue of its concentrated timeline: lasting a single academic year, our immersive, intensive course of study prepares students to launch confidently and efficiently into the next stage of their careers – whether in teaching, writing, editing, media production, university administration, arts management, public relations, marketing, the non-profit world, or further academic pursuits.

During their time at the University, MA students benefit from all of the same resources and opportunities as the Department’s first-year PhD students, enrolling in the same courses, working with the same faculty, and participating in the same events.

Like the PhD program, the MA program offers students a highly individualized experience. At the end of the program, MA candidates complete a capstone project of their own design and choosing: options include an MA Essay (either scholarly or creative) or a comprehensive MA Exam. Our alumni have found each of these options to be effective springboards for professional paths of all kinds.

In addition to the traditional English MA, the Department also offers – in cooperation with the George Eastman Museum’s L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation a special English MA with a concentration in film and media studies. The first museum-based university collaboration of its kind, the program joins humanistic study with hands-on training in curatorial and conservation work.