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Dr. Kaplan Harris
(716) 375-2489
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Master of Arts in EnglishThe School of Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Arts degree in English on the main campus in Olean.

The M.A. in English offers financial support and unique opportunities for mentored classroom teaching experience. Students enjoy:

  • small classes
  • close collaboration with and advising from faculty
  • an excellent record of success in finding employment or gaining admission to doctoral programs.

Admission Requirements

  1. Request Graduate School InformationTranscripts from all undergraduate colleges, showing bachelor's degree earned or in progress and a solid academic record.

  2. Demonstrated competency in reading Latin, French, German or Spanish. This requirement is usually fulfilled during the first semester of graduate work.

  3. Sufficient undergraduate coursework in English, Comparative Literature, or related subject areas, Most English M.A. students will enter with a B.A. in English or literature, but students with degrees in other disciplines are encouraged to apply.

  4. Two recommendations addressing the applicant's ability to successfully undertake graduate study.

  5. Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) — general test or a 10-12 page academic writing sample. This requirement may now be waived for applicants with a especially strong GPAs in both English and overall studies (3.50/3.25). However, students wishing to be considered for the Learning Teaching Fellowship will need to submit the writing sample as part of that selection process.

  6. Additional information (e.g. interview, writing sample) as may be requested by the program director.


Learning/Teaching Fellowship

As a learning/teaching fellow at St. Bonaventure University, you will assist senior faculty and teach under their guidance, giving you a competitive edge in the demanding academic marketplace. Learn more


To get a comprehensive overview of our Master of Arts in English program, take a look at our e-brochure.

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Admission to program suspended

Please note: The English MA program is no longer accepting applications for fall semester 2017. Please check back at that time for more updates.