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English Studies Graduate Program

The English Studies Graduate Program at Fitchburg State University has a strong regional reputation. It is the one of the few “full service” programs in the area, providing both MA and MAT degrees. Through small seminar classes, covering a wide range of topics, and advanced seminars treating specialized issues, the programs deepen, enhance, and extend students’ acquisition of literary knowledge.

The MA program grounds students in periods, genres, theories, and renown authors, while at the same time paying attention to contemporary issues and developments in the discipline. This convergence of old and new ways of addressing the discipline has given room to the growth of new concentrations such as gender studies, culture studies and the treatment of race, class and identity, folklore, the filmic landscape, and the graphic novel. The MA program caters to students who eventually want to pursue more advanced studies in the discipline. Many students have gone on to do doctoral studies at other institutions, including the University of Massachusetts, Brandeis, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Rhode Island, Tulane University, and the University of Missouri.

The Master of Arts in Teaching English (MAT) Program is designed to develop the scholar-teacher by providing a strong specialization in the traditional and newer canons of literature in English with the theories and methodologies of teaching English in the middle and secondary schools. A licensure track within this program leads to professional licensure as a teacher of English at the secondary level. The MAT Program has a positive impact on the quality of primary and secondary education in Central Massachusetts as a large numbers of teachers in the area enroll in the program.

Support Material for Theses and Exit Exams

Graduate students working to complete their thesis or exit exam will follow the processes below.

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