Department of English College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of English College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
4 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


MA and PhD Programs in English at Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, one of the top undergraduate and graduate institutions in the country, offers MA and PhD programs in English that combine unique curricula and interaction with distinguished faculty and accomplished fellow students.

Known for its excellence in scholarship and teaching, the Department of English offers graduate students a well-rounded educational experience. The department is closely affiliated with the Humanities Institute, which promotes interdisciplinary and theoretical works, provides an annual graduate student seminar, sponsors lecture series, and hosts an annual conference of international speakers.

Distinguished Faculty

Part of the College of Arts and Liberal Sciences, the Department of English is the academic home to talented and award-winning faculty members. They have published more than 50 books of criticism, fiction, and poetry within the last 10 years.

Distinguished Professor Roger Rosenblatt, PhD, has received a Fulbright scholarship, the George Polk Award (twice), the George Foster Peabody Award, an Emmy, and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize. In 2009 he was a finalist for the Cherry Prize, which is awarded to the best teacher in the United States. Distinguished Professor E. Ann Kaplan, PhD, received the 2010 Distinguish Career Achievement Award for Cinema and Media Studies.

Recent books by English Department faculty include studies of Islam and early modern literature, British modernism and censorship, Evangelical Christian support of Israel, the politics of terror and loss in media and literature, African-American poetry, and the value of records and memory regarding interactions between colonists and the Delaware Indians.

Accomplished Students

The Department of English cultivates graduate students who excel academically and professionally. In 2010, Ralph Clare won the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. In 2011, Lila Naydan won the President's Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students.

In 2011, graduates of Stony Brook's PhD program accepted faculty positions at the University of Michigan, Boise State University, St. Bonaventura University, and Suffolk County Community College.

The Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts program in English at Stony Brook University offers courses that focus on historical periods and literary genres as well as the works of various authors. It also gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of non-canonical authors.

To graduate, students must earn 30 credits, maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, demonstrate competency in a foreign language, and complete a thesis.

The program can be pursued on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students must complete the program in 3 years, and part-time students have 5 years to finish the program.

MA in English Curriculum

Students are required to take ten courses: two in language and rhetoric; at least one that focuses on periods before 1700 and at least one on periods after 1700; and 4 topic courses, including theory, genre studies, cultural studies, gender studies, race, ethnic, or Diaspora studies, or a writing workshop.

Thesis Requirement

Students must also take a master's thesis course and complete a 30- to 40-page thesis based on original research. They work with a faculty adviser to complete the paper, which must be submitted by the last day of classes in the students' last semester of the program.

The Doctor of Philosophy in English Program

Students in the Doctor of Philosophy program work closely with faculty advisers to develop an individualized curriculum, which may include courses from other departments within the university and from a consortium of institutions including Columbia, Princeton, and NYU.

The PhD in English Curriculum

The PhD curriculum includes 11 courses, a foreign language requirement, a General Examination, and a Prospectus Meeting to discuss the conception and development of one's dissertation. Students then write and defend their dissertations.

Financial Aid for Stony Brook University Students

The Department of English admits PhD students very selectively and provides TA stipends of $20,000 annually for six years, plus tuition waivers. Students who receive financial assistance must pursue the PhD on a full-time basis and make satisfactory progress through the program. Stony Brook also offers doctoral fellowships and maintains a list of fellowships sponsored by independent organizations. MA and PhD students may apply for campus employment and federal student loans.

Graduate Student Experience

Graduate students at Stony Brook can choose from a wide-array of extra-curricular activities including nearly 300 student clubs and organizations, recreational sports, fitness programs, and performing and visual arts events.

Apartment-style graduate student housing and comprehensive services including academic, career, counseling, disability support, health care, and veteran support services ensure that students receive the assistance needed to fulfill their academic goals.

About Stony Brook University

Located in Stony Brook, New York, on the north shore of Long Island, Stony Brook University is a member of the State University of New York system. Established in 1957, the university is dedicated to providing outstanding academic and research programs and maintaining a supportive, diverse community.

It offers nearly 25,000 students 66 undergraduate majors and 77 minors, 102 master's programs, and 40 doctoral programs. Because it consistently delivers an exceptional educational experience, Stony Brook University receives excellent ratings.

For instance, "US News and World Report's" 2011 college ranking list places Stony Brook U. in the top 100 best national universities in the country. In addition, Kiplinger rates it as 1 of the 100 best values in public education.

Location & Contact

Department of English

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Celia Marshik


Phone: 631-632-7415

Dorothy Mason


Phone: 631-632-7373
Fax: 631-632-7568

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • English Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • English Education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 7
    • Doctoral Degrees 7
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 104
    • Accepted 37
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled 19
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableTeaching Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students83
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students83
    • Part-time Percentage23%
    • Full-time Percentage77%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian69%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown15%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty25
    • Full-time Percentage88%
    • Part-time Percentage12%
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchAmerican literature, British literature, literary critical theory, rhetoric and composition theory, women's studies
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported