What will I learn?

The Five-Year Master Plan is a pathway to earning two powerful credentials, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and a Master of Arts (MA) degree, in just five years. The BA/MA program in English is designed to provide a clear path for New Paltz students majoring in English Liberal Arts or Creative Writing to complete the MA degree in one year. Students in this program begin taking graduate courses during their senior year earning ten credits of graduate course work by the time they complete their BA degree. They are then able to complete the MA degree requirements by enrolling in ten credits during the subsequent fall and spring terms.

ENG551 Academic Writing Seminar
ENG552 Advanced Research Methods
ENG553 Career Seminar
THREE courses in Literature BEFORE 1800
THREE courses in Literature AFTER 1800
ONE course in Literary Criticism and Theory with advisor approval: ENG 555 or ENG585
Select TWO electives with approval from advisor

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
$17,998.00 (13,37,147) per year
USD $17,998 for Bachelor degree; USD $18,374 for Master degree

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

15 March 2022

Start date

29 August 2022


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

SUNY New Paltz,

1 Hawk Drive,


New York,

12561, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have a high school degree and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (or an 85% grade average or higher).

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL iBT – 80; IELTS - 6.5; PTE Academic – 58; Duolingo English Test – 105. Application Deadline: March 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About State University of New York at New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an affordable yet high-quality university offering a diverse range of programs.

  • Affordable, high-quality university
  • Small class sizes with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Builds future professionals with lasting skills
  • Academic English pathway program available