English and Comparative Literature, M.A. | Columbia University | Manhattan, United States
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English and Comparative Literature

12 months
64726 USD/year
64726 USD/year
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The Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University has played a significant role in the history of literary study in the United States and abroad since its inception.


With a large faculty of renowned scholars and dedicated teachers, the department offers a wide range of courses in traditional and emerging fields of literary and cultural study.

Key Features 

  • Students should not apply to the free-standing program if they wish to advance beyond the MA in the English and Comparative Literature department at Columbia University: the free-standing program is terminal.
  • In the MA year students take eight courses, which must include the Master’s Seminar and the Colloquium in Theory and Method. MA students must also complete the Master’s Essay and demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language. No advanced standing will be granted toward the MA for graduate work completed at other institutions. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Literary History of Atrocity 
  • Interpreting Early Film 
  • The Frequency of Black Life 
  • Genealogies of Feminism: Vision and Difference 
  • Literary Theory from Plato to Kant 
  • History of the English Language 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • transcripts of all previous post-secondary education 
  • a statement of academic purpose
  • a curriculum vitae or résumé
  • three letters of recommendation from academic sources 
  • GRE scores and, if applicable, results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
  • a sample of scholarly writing, if required by the department or program
  • payment of the application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    64726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32363 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    64726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32363 USD per semester during 12 months.

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2638 - 5751 USD /month
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