English Graduate Programs

Overview of the Programs

The English Department at SUNY Cortland offers advanced study in English literatures, professional writing and cultural studies. 

Featuring advanced study in in English literatures, pedagogy, professional writing, and cultural studies, the SUNY Cortland English Department offers both an M.A. program in English Literatures and an M.A.T. program in Adolescence English Education for prospective teachers of secondary English language arts. 

Our faculty are scholar-teachers whose research spans time periods, languages and literatures across the globe. These outstanding professionals invite you into a vibrant intellectual community that moreover provides excellent preparation for your chosen career. 

Our program offers: 

  • Outstanding Faculty: Study with award-winning teachers and accomplished scholars 
  • Flexibility: Complete the program at a pace that works best for you 
  • Affordability: Take advantage of a great value at a low cost (additional funding opportunities exist for out-of-state and international  
  • Teacher Certification: Gain your certification through our M.A.T. program or – if you already hold initial certification -- complete your professional certification through our M.A. program  
  • Location: Conveniently located close to Ithaca, Syracuse, and Binghamton  

Career Potential 

Our students have successfully gone on to careers in secondary and college level teaching.  They have become writers, gone on to law school, become successful business people, and have gone on for further graduate study at the Ph.D. level.  

Master's In English (MA)



The M.A. in English at SUNY Cortland fosters critical enquiry into the history and workings of English languages and literatures.  Reading the world as text, you will enhance your intellectual and cultural fluency and critical engagement with the world. In small classes and lively seminar discussions, you’ll examine topics in American, British and global literatures and literary criticism.  


Master's in Teaching English (MAT)

Graduate Class


The M.A.T. in Adolescence English Education at SUNY Cortland leads to initial New York State certification in English Language Arts 7-12. Through your graduate seminars and field experiences in middle schools and high schools, you will develop a wide range of teaching strategies that draw on current theories, research, and practices in English language arts.


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