12 months
23100 USD/year
23100 USD/year
11310 USD/year
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Graduate programs in the Binghamton University Department of Comparative Literature possess a long-standing commitment to critical theory and a progressive understanding of the discipline.


Examining the ways in which the humanities have engaged with socio-political and ethical concerns in a contemporary world, our interdisciplinary and progressive perspective generates new and exciting scholarship. A clear emphasis on language and linguistics allows for thinking through the temporalities and nuances of addressing the fundamental questions concerning the study of the humanities. Our programs provide qualified students with the framework necessary for studying not only a broad range of literatures, but also other arts and the pursuit of translation studies or interdisciplinary studies.

The Comparative Literature department at Binghamton University offers three avenues of graduate study with Master of Arts (MA) and doctorate options. It features, in addition to its primary MA and PhD programs in comparative literature, an MA in translation studies, a unique interdisciplinary doctoral program in philosophy, literature, and the theory of criticism, as well as a PhD in translation studies through the internationally recognized Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP). Students seeking entry into any of these degree programs must be able to do graduate-level work in one or more foreign languages and must make substantial use of the foreign languages they command while completing coursework.

Internships, research opportunities and more

Students work closely with the director of graduate studies and the directors of specific programs to formulate a curriculum that meets their needs and maintains the standards of the discipline.

Each spring, the Comparative Literature MA and PhD students organize a graduate conference that stands out for its distinctive keynote speakers and international contributors. Typically addressing topics related to interdisciplinarity, the conference attracts broad attention from students and scholars throughout the humanities, arts and social sciences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Proseminar
  • Topics in Translation Theory
  • Linguistics, language theory or history as suited to individual program needs
  • Literature in source languages (two courses)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
  • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University 
All applicants must submit:
  • Online application
  • Transcript(s)
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores, unless otherwise specified by program
  • Any program-specific application materials, such as writing or work samples, licenses or certifications, and test scores

Tuition Fee

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    23100 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23100 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11310 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Binghamton

910 - 1984 USD /month
Living costs

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