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English, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #3 (QS) , MA,
Deepen your understanding of fiction, poetry, and drama while learning to analyze and interpret literary texts with this English degree at Harvard University. Hone your research and writing skills, and become a stronger reader and critical thinker.  

About

Key learning outcomes

Through the master’s degree in the field of English at Harvard University you build:

  • The ability to identify topics and develop questions that lead to meaningful scholarly inquiry.
  • An enhanced knowledge of the philosophical, historical, and cultural forces that shape literary works.
  • A deeper understanding of the work that literary scholars do.
  • The skills required for communicating your ideas and entering a critical conversation. 

Program overview

The degree includes 12 courses, with at least three taken on campus.

  • Get started. You begin by completing three stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While completing your third degree course, you submit the admission application. We have application cycles in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, year round in the fall, spring, and summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least three courses on campus.
  • Complete your thesis or capstone. If you chose the thesis track, you work one-on-one with a thesis director, conducting independent research on a literary topic and producing an original argument that develops over the course of several chapters. If you elect the capstone track, you participate in two seminar-style courses with your capstone instructor and fellow degree candidates, producing in each course a seminar paper modeled on the peer-reviewed journal article.   
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: English.

Programme Structure

The Master of Liberal Arts, English degree field consists of 12 courses, three of which are required on campus.

12 Graduate Courses

The degree is highly customizable. Within the program curriculum, you choose the English and elective courses that meet your personal learning goals.

  • Proseminar
  • 5 English courses
  • 1 English seminar
  • 2 general electives
Additional Thesis Track Courses
  • Crafting the Thesis Proposal
  • Master's Thesis part one
  • Master's Thesis part two
Additional Capstone Track Courses
  • an additional English seminar
  • Precapstone: Focused Study on English Literature in a Critical Context
  • Capstone: English Literature in a Critical Context.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    100

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    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

To begin the admission process, you simply register—no application needed—for the following three, four-credit, graduate-level degree courses:

  • HUMA 100 Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies and Scholarly Writing in the Humanities
  • One English course
  • One English course or elective (e.g., EXPO 42a)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    33000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Our graduate tuition is $2,750 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $33,000

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 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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