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Comparative Literature, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #39 (WUR) , TX,
The Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas encourages a wide variety of critical methodologies and approaches. It operates on the assumption that many versions of the discipline coexist productively and that their doing so will stimulate fruitful debates among faculty and students. 


To obtain an M.A., students are expected to develop a solid basic competence in Comparative Literature and in one national literature. They must also demonstrate competence in two foreign languages. They must begin study of a second national literature and must write either a thesis or a report. The thesis will be based on original research on topics involving literary history, genres, theory, or criticism, it may also be a translation of a work (from a foreign language into English) with a critical commentary and apparatus. The report will be a revised paper from a graduate course taken in addition to the required hours of course work Thus, students writing a thesis will complete a total of 31 hours (including 6 for the thesis), whereas students submitting a report will complete a total of 34 hours (including 3 for the report). Those who wish to pursue the Ph.D. must also pass the Qualifying Examination (taken in January of their second year of study, after the two required Comparative Literature theory courses have been completed).

Summary of requirements for the M.A.

  • 12 hours of Comparative Literature courses (including CL 385 & CL 390) plus the Comparative Literature Proseminar, CL 180K.
  • 9 hours of courses in one national literature
  • 3 hours (one course) in a second national literature
  • either 6 hours of thesis or 6 hours of electives (as approved by Graduate Adviser) + 3 hours Report
  • proven competence in two foreign languages (see Language Requirements)
  • No more than 20 percent of the hours on the Program of Work for the master's degree may have been taken on the credit/no credit basis

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Black Atlantic Modernisms
  • Dante's Afterlives
  • Translation Theory & Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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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).

  • An official score for the Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE), unless otherwise specified by the graduate program to which the student is applying. International students whose native language is not English must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Adequate subject preparation for the proposed major. Evidence of adequate preparation varies by program, but examples include letters of reference, auditions, samples of work, and personal statements
  • A grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division (junior- and senior-level) coursework and in any graduate work already completed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1826 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1826 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1826 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1826 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    1186 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1186 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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