The English Department will begin reviewing completed MA applications on January 1, 2024 and will continue to accept them until the March 15, 2024 deadline


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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.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to MA students.


Additional departmental details regarding all stages of the degree can be found in the graduate handbook

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