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World Cultures and Literatures, M.A.

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University rank #651 (QS) , TX,
The MA in World Cultures and Literatures is an innovative, interdisciplinary graduate program with strong cultural studies focus and in-depth study in one of the target languages and/or cultures.


With an emphasis on languages, literatures, and cultures, the WCL MA program involves a wide range of possible directions as it seeks to meet individual student’s academic and career interests and needs. The program addresses issues such as modernity, postmodernity, globalization, colonialism and post-colonialism, transnational and transcultural concerns, urban and diasporic studies, and the formation of cultural identities. It incorporates literary, film, visual, media, and gender studies. Students in language core areas acquire high proficiency in the target language, translation skills, and, in some areas of concentration, training in applied linguistics and second language teaching.

he MA in World Cultures and Literatures prepares and qualifies students for a wide range of career areas or for doctoral studies in given languages. In a rapidly changing job market, there is a growing demand for people with an understanding of historical and global contexts who can think across cultures and disciplines, imaginatively frame questions and consider multiple perspectives, combine various approaches and find innovative solutions. The WCL MA contributes to the University of Houston’s mission of preparing students for an increasingly diverse and interdependent world and accommodates the educational needs of:

  • BA recipients who want to go on to a more advanced language training in a terminal MA program;
  • BA recipients who wish to complete an MA as a bridge program to prepare them for doctoral study at other universities;
  • Working professionals, including foreign language teachers, who wish to continue their education in foreign languages and cultures.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Frames of Modernity
  • Frames of Modernity III: Classics and Modernity
  • Issues in Chinese Language & Culture

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • 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:


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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).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • The on-line application
  • Application fee ($50 domestic applicants/$125 international applicants)
  • Official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended
  • The GRE general test score (The ETS code for the University of Houston is 6870)
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • Completed departmental application form with student’s statement of intent (500 words) and a brief statement in the target/core language (200 words) explaining why you wish to study at the graduate level
  • International applications have additional documentation requirements, including TOEFL scores if appropriate. For further information, please visit the International Graduate Students page.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    911 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    389 USD/credit
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  • National: $389.93/SCH
  • International: $911.93/SCH

Living costs for Houston

  • 1067 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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