MA Program

The Graduate Program in English and American Literature at Boston University provides comprehensive training in all areas of English studies. Coursework is offered in historical periods, individual authors, important literary movements, literary theory and the history of criticism, and philology and linguistics. Students develop a broad competence in all literary periods before moving to a more specialized knowledge of a single area or topic.

The MA degree may be completed in two full-time semesters.
The requirements include:

  • Eight graduate-level courses (full-time load = four courses per semester)
  • Demonstration of a reading knowledge of one foreign language
  • Fulfillment of a one-course literary theory/history requirement

No comprehensive exam or thesis is required.

For in-depth information about graduate study in English or Creative Writing, please consult the Graduate Bulletin.