• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The Master’s in English Literature at George Mason University offers several tracks that represent the breadth of contemporary English studies.  You can work in and across concentrations in literature, professional writing, rhetoric, cultural studies, film, folklore, linguistics, and the teaching of writing and literature. In each concentration, you will enhance your skills in reading, writing, and research. Students use the degree for professional enhancement, or as an entry into teaching, professional writing, or doctoral study.

You will be taught by an internationally recognized faculty, winners of awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim, the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Academy Rome, and more.  Faculty strengths include creative writing, British and American literature, global and cultural studies, professional writing, film and media studies, and writing pedagogy.  You will enjoy individual connection and mentorship from the department faculty, as well as the wealth of literary and cultural resources of the Washington, D.C., area.   

Students in the programs range from recent graduates to mid-career professionals, and each benefit from their classmates’ different backgrounds and experience.  Through the department’s seminars and activities, the programs create a community of teachers, writers and scholars who understand the power of ideas to transform individuals, our professions, and our society. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Research in English Studies
  • Graduate Literature Survey  
  • Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies  
  • Theories of Comparative Literature  
  • Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature  
  • Graduate Survey in African American Literature  
  • Topics in Folk Narrative  
  • Topics in Folklore Studies  
  • Seminar in British Literature  
  • Seminar in American Literature  
  • Seminar in Advanced Research  
  • Seminar in African-American Literature  
  • Seminar in Literary Studies  
  • Seminar in Global Culture  
  • Seminar in Film and Media Studies  
  • Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies  
  • Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English  
  • Literary Theory and Criticism  
  • Projects in Literary Studies

                                      Detailed Programme Facts

                                      English Language Requirements

                                      • Minimum required score:


                                        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                        The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                                        The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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                                      Academic Requirements

                                      You need the following GPA score:

                                      Required score: 3

                                      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                      Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                      General Requirements

                                      • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
                                      • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application
                                      • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree
                                      • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
                                      • Verification of English language proficiency.
                                      • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
                                      • Two letters of recommendation

                                      Tuition Fee

                                      • International

                                        27720 USD/year
                                        Tuition Fee
                                        Based on the original amount of 27720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                      • National

                                        11736 USD/year
                                        Tuition Fee
                                        Based on the original amount of 11736 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                                      Living costs for Fairfax

                                      • 1330 - 2300 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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