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Master’s Program in English

Master’s Program

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.


For classes entering prior to Fall 2018, the core curriculum consists of 30 semester hours of coursework. Details can be viewed in the Academic Catalog.


For classes entering in Fall 2018, the core curriculum consists of 32 semester hours of coursework. (See Graduate CSSH Semester Hour Conversion – Fall 2018 for FAQs.) Details can be viewed in the 2018-2019 Academic Catalog, due out in July 2018.

M.A. Milestones

Please see the M.A. Guide for more information about coursework, annual review, the M.A. language requirement, and M.A. Comprehensive Examination or Co-op. The 2018-2019 guide will be posted in mid-July 2018.

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Master’s students can elect to do a Co-op in their fourth semester in the program. Learn more about co-op at Northeastern.

PlusOne (B.A./M.A.)

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.

Graduate Certificates

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.

Apply Today

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.