24 months
46200 USD/year
46200 USD/year
22620 USD/year
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The Department of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo is a relatively small, yet independent program. We offer a master degree in Comparative Literature.


The Comparative Literature program

Our master program in Comparative Literature offered by the University at Buffalo combines a tradition of scholarly rigor with openness to fresh currents in literary studies. While rooted in an intense ongoing inquiry into the nature of literature, its conceptual and philosophical underpinnings, and its critical methods, the department sustains a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches and projects. In the past, students have incorporated into their work concerns and methods deriving from philosophy, psychoanalysis, legal studies, political theory, and anthropology.

In adapting to changes in the current academic climate, the department has also been successfully fostering new interests in nationalism and colonialism, cultural studies, visual arts (film theory, art history and architecture), and gender studies. Members of the department, who draw on a wide variety of fields of interest, offer both historical and systematic exposure to ideas that are developing throughout the humanities. This is richly complemented by a full program of distinguished visiting lecturers.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Antimony Paralogism & Aporia
  • Kristeva in Context: French Feminism & Beyond
  • Bergson: On Virtuality & the Imagination
  • Individuation: Medieval & Contemporary
  • Sensus Communis
  • Heidegger on Poetry & Thinking

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Electronic copies of transcripts of all previous undergraduate or graduate coursework. Only admitted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted electronically
  • Results of the GRE general aptitude test (institution code 2925, department code 2902).  Scores should not be more than five years old
  • A personal statement of two to three double-spaced typed pages, submitted electronically
  • A substantial sample (15-25 pages) of a critical or interpretative essay, submitted electronically

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    46200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    46200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    22620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11310 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Buffalo

920 - 1560 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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