English and Media Studies (M.A)

English & Media Studies (M.A.)

Welcome to the English and Media Studies Program. Our program offers an enriching academic journey that combines the exploration of language, literature, and media to cultivate well-rounded scholars and professionals. With a strong emphasis on critical thinking, creativity, and interdisciplinary approaches, we provide a vibrant learning environment where students can expand their knowledge and skills.


In the English and Media Studies program, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment. As a student, you will have the opportunity to pursue independent research, engage in stimulating classroom discussions, and explore a wide range of courses that broaden your horizons. Our program offers a comprehensive curriculum tailored to your academic goals, whether you’re delving into classic literature, analyzing contemporary media trends, or exploring the intersections of culture and technology.

Throughout the program, you will engage in a comprehensive curriculum designed to enhance your skills and open doors to various opportunities:

 Demonstrating fluency in literary analysis and criticism, effectively utilizing persuasive arguments and prose.

Developing the ability to critically perceive and evaluate the value system inherent in texts and language.

 Displaying methodological rigor and precision in conducting original research.

Gaining proficiency in major literary periods and genres, while further specializing in chosen areas.

Emphasizing our commitment to diversity, every student is required to take a designated “DIV” elective course that explores various topics such as race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, physical and mental ability, and aging. These courses foster understanding, inclusivity, and cultural appreciation, encouraging a broadened perspective and a sense of community.

Program Overview



DEGREEMaster of Arts (M.A.)
Accelerated option available
CREDITS30 credits
FORMATFull-time or part-time, on-campus
DURATION4-6 semesters
FUNDINGUniversity and Graduate School Funding Available (Partial Funding Only)

Program in Action

At the Rutgers-Camden Writers House, our graduate student community flourishes, offering NEA-funded readings, workshops, after-school programs, and creative events.

Our faculty excels, boasting prestigious awards like the Guggenheim Fellowship and Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, enhancing students’ learning experiences.

The Literature and Social Justice concentration offers a foundation in humanities, enabling exploration of career paths in nonprofit/community leadership, human rights, and alt-ac.

Admissions Requirements



TRANSCRIPTS Transcript(s) from degree-granting institutions
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION A minimum of three letters of reference from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities
PERSONAL STATEMENT A personal statement describing your career goals and reasons for pursuing a master’s degree
WRITING SAMPLE A critical writing sample of approximately 15-20 pages

Application Deadlines

Preference is given to those submitted before the deadline for both decisions and funding opportunities. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered based on available space and budgetary constraints.




Reach Out to Us

Let’s begin a conversation about your academic and professional goals. If you have questions regarding the curriculum, faculty, admission criteria, or committee, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director. For administrative inquiries concerning the application process, campus, tuition, and fees, reach out to the Graduate School. We are dedicated to assisting you from application to graduation day.


Dr. Shanyn Fiske

Graduate Director
(856) 225-2937


Erick E. Watt-Udogu

Assistant Dean, Graduate School-Camden
(856) 225-6149

Take the Next Step.

We invite you to explore the boundless opportunities that await you here, where a world-class faculty, diverse community, and innovative curriculum converge to nurture your intellect and foster your professional growth. Your future starts with a simple yet significant act – learning more about the exceptional programs we offer. So, why wait? Start your application journey with us, and together, we’ll unlock a future filled with possibilities and endless success.