department of english

114 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

Main Office: 401.874.5931 - Graduate Office: 401.874.4663

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M.A. in English


Student listening to lectureStudents with a B.A. enter the M.A. program. The URI English Graduate Program educates students to enter a variety of professional fields. Because of our selective process and the commitment of faculty, our M.A. graduates have gone on to further graduate study and/or employment in teaching, publishing, writing, film production, medicine, business, and law. Perhaps, more importantly, our English Graduate Program strives to help our students see that they are engaged in lifelong learning processes, not only for themselves, but with and for people in the world around them.

The M.A. program is highly competitive and based primarily on academic merit. With a low faculty/student ratio and an actively publishing faculty interested in sharing their time and interests, students receive personalized attention and are encouraged to publish their work and to deliver conference papers. Each spring, the English Department hosts a graduate student conference.



Students may choose to move through M.A. program in a two- to five-year time frame.

  • Full-time students take a minimum of 3 courses (9 credits) per semester.
  • Part-time students take one or two courses (3–6 credits) per semester.
  • Teaching Assistants are considered full-time with registration in 6 credits.

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