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English, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) , MO,
With more than one hundred M.A. and Ph.D students and about 500 undergraduates, we are one of the largest and most diverse departments on the Columbia campus. We offer a wide range of courses in British and American Literature and Creative Writing, as well as special emphases in African Diaspora Studies, Critical Theory, and English Language and Linguistics.


The English Department provides a major that not only grants a broad introduction to a range of literary and cultural study and creative activities, but also allows students to work more intensely in particular subfields of the discipline, including literary history, critical theory, film and cultural studies, linguistics, and creative writing. A major in English develops skills in reading, critical thinking, and writing. A degree in English is not intended to provide specific vocational training but rather to give a broad education that can lead to many different careers, especially those requiring excellent communication skills and analytical thinking.


Officially accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, University of Missouri  is a very large coeducational higher education institution. University of Missouri offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. 

Programme Structure

Courses include
  •  Rhetorical Studies
  •  Studies in Critical Theory
  •  Genres
  •  Genres, Beginning to 1603
  •  Genres, 1603 to 1789
  •  Genres, 1890 to Present
  •  Ethnic Literature, 1890 to Present
  •  Modern Literature
  •  World Literatures, 1890 to Present
  •  Major Authors, Beginning to 1603
  •  Major Authors, 1603-1789
  •  Major Authors, 1789-1890
  •  Major Authors, 1890-Present
  •  Comparative Approaches to Literature, 1890-Present
  •  Major Women Writers, 1789-1890
  •  Introduction to Old English
  •  Anglo-Saxon Literature
  •  Medieval Literature
  •  Renaissance and 17th-Century English Literature
  •  Restoration and 18th-Century English Literature
  •  19th-Century English Literature

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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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  • 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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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).

  • GRE scores. The general test is required.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be academic.
  • One transcript from all colleges or universities you have attended.
  • CV
  • Statement of purpose (approximately 500 words): The admissions committee is interested in your past academic interests, including specific papers and projects you have worked on, and what you wish to accomplish as a graduate student. Please explain why you wish to pursue a particular emphasis (poetry, Romanticism, etc.), in this department. The Statement of Purpose serves as your request to be considered for a Office of Graduate Studies fellowship.

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            27090 USD/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 27090 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
          • National

            27090 USD/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 27090 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
          • In-State

            11252 USD/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 11252 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

          Living costs for Columbia

          • 800 - 1300 USD/month
            Living Costs

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