M.A. in English - Writing & Rhetoric

The concentration in writing and rhetoric is designed for teachers, future doctoral students, and/or aspiring nonfiction writers. This program provides a foundation in nonfiction, scholarly, and workplace writing; the teaching of writing in secondary and post-secondary schools; or advanced work in rhetoric and related fields.

The 33-credit M.A. in English with a concentration in writing and rhetoric supports the development of non-fiction, academic and workplace writing; helps prepare teachers of writing in secondary and post-secondary education; and can lead to advanced work in rhetoric and related fields. Students receive extensive feedback on their own writing, in-depth instruction in rhetorical theory and research methods and training in the teaching of writing, from diagnostics to evaluation, including a practicum in which they teach composition under the guidance of experienced instructors. The program addresses writing problems – from pedagogical and theoretical perspectives – encountered at all levels of writing from very basic to advanced composition.

See our blog, The Longest Island, for up-to-date information about this program and news about the English Department and its events.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to this program you must:

  • Submit an academic writing sample that reflects your writing and analytic abilities 
  • Submit a letter of intent that describes why you want to pursue an M.A. in English 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic professors. 
  • Submit official educational transcripts with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better, preferable at least 6 credits in advanced English courses. 
  • Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions (This package will be reviewed by an English Graduate Admissions Committee)

Submitting an Application

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU or Apply Now. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions website or call 718-488-1011.

Program Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon maintaining an overall 3.0 grade-point average in graduate coursework.

For more information about the program, contact the English Department’s graduate advisor, Jake Matkov. For further information about the MA and the other programs and activities of the Department, visit The Longest Island (the English Department’s blog).

Course of Study (33 credits)


Required (for both M.A. and M.F.A. students): English 707 Methods of Research and Criticism (3 credits)


Required: Either English 700 Practicum in Teaching Composition (3 credits) or English 646 Individual & Small Group Instruction (3 credits)


Required (3 credits)


Required (3 credits)


Required: At least two courses from Writing & Rhetoric and one course from either Professional Writing or Creative Writing (9 Credits). Note: Instructor permission required for non-MFA student to take MFA course.


Required: Three courses in Literature (9 Credits)


Required: English 708 Thesis (3 credits)


Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean