12 months
36880 USD/year
36880 USD/year
18894 USD/year
Tuition fee
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University of Massachusetts Boston's MA graduate program in English encompasses both traditional approaches to English studies and reexaminations of those approaches. 


Students often create an integrated program of study that includes courses from two or three areas. All of the English students engage with the imaginative worlds that texts create—worlds created and shared by literary authors, analytical writers, responsive readers, and reflective thinkers.

One of University of Massachusetts Boston MA program’s central goals is to create a community of critical readers and writers. English courses are taught as small seminars with approximately 15 participants, offering students the opportunity for ongoing interaction with each other and with faculty in a challenging yet friendly academic environment. Coursework prepares students to complete an original, self-defined, faculty-advised final project or thesis.

UMass Boston's English MA Graduate Program's highlights include:

  • Your choice of four concentrations: literature, composition, pedagogy, or creative writing
  • Small "graduate student only" seminars that focus on intensive discussion
  • A wide variety of 30+ unique seminars offered each year 
  • Final projects that encourage one-on-one work with faculty members
  • Mini-courses, volunteering, and internships that explore career directions
  • Inventive programming that features rare books research and exhibits
  • Teaching assistantships and research assistantships for qualified students
  • Class schedules that can accommodate daytime jobs
  • A diverse student body that includes writers, readers, and educators
  • A nationally-recognized faculty with a strong record in research and teaching

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Literary Theory Today 
  • Medieval to Renaissance Literature
  • Studies in Criticism 
  • Studies in Literature and Film 
  • Teaching English with Technology 
  • Medieval to Renaissance Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A distinguished undergraduate record in advanced undergraduate English courses. An undergraduate major in English is preferred.
  • Three substantive and detailed recommendations, at least two from former teachers familiar with the applicant’s most recent academic work.
  • An essay of at least 1,200 words by the applicant concerning his or her intellectual, professional, and personal reasons for desiring to pursue the advanced study of English.
  • A critical essay written in the last four years, at least ten pages in length, demonstrating the applicant’s ability to read and write critically about literary texts.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Literature in English) are not required, but are recommended, especially in cases where the undergraduate record is unusual or uneven, or if the undergraduate major is not English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 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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