The Master of Arts Degree launches students into the study of literature, writing, and rhetoric at the graduate level. The program offers two years of intensive study in the major fields of British and American literature, covering the debates and approaches that animate the discipline of English. Our M.A. graduates are fully prepared to proceed to study at the doctoral level, and their training in critical thinking, language skills, and cultural history has also proven to be fruitful preparation for a range of careers outside of academia.
The core curriculum consists of 30 semester hours of coursework, including:
ENGL 5103: Proseminar
Introduction to the history and current scholarly practices of English studies.
Two Theories and Methods courses
Seminars organized primarily around one or more theoretical or methodological topics.
One course in each of the following literary areas:
Two Writing or Rhetoric courses
Please see the M.A. Guide for more information about coursework, annual review, the M.A. language requirement, and M.A. Comprehensive Examination.
Northeastern offers an English bachelor/Master’s degree program through the PlusOne program, which allows students to accelerate by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Learn more about the PlusOne program.
The Graduate Program in English offers students enrolled in any of its degree programs the option to complete graduate certificates in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and in Digital Humanities.
Academic advising is a critical part of a student’s experience in the graduate program. New students are assigned faculty advisors and are welcome to subsequently change advisors as they fine-tune their academic and career objectives. Advising covers substantive questions in the student’s field of study as well as long-term academic and career planning. Students are strongly urged to speak to an advisor before registering for courses each semester. Any change in advisor must be reported to the program director.
Graduates of the Master’s Program have gone on to Ph.D. study at Arizona State University, Cornell University, the Graduate Center, CUNY, Harvard Law School, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern University, SUNY Albany, Syracuse University, UMass-Amherst, University of Maryland, and University of Florida.
Graduates have established careers across industries including education, curriculum and instruction design, publishing and editing, and writing and communications.
We have rolling admissions for the Master of Arts program for Fall and Spring start dates. Visit Apply Now for links to the the online application, required materials and deadlines, and prospective student FAQs.