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English Language and Literature, M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
The MA program provides broad training in literature, language, and theory for a mix of students, ranging from teachers and other professionals in the greater Washington DC/Baltimore metropolitan area, who are well served by the terminal MA, to aspiring scholars who regard the MA as a step toward the PhD. 


The Department of English offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees; particular strengths of the department include early British literature, especially that of the Renaissance; American literature; literature of the African diaspora;postcolonial and transnational literary studies; digital humanities; feminist theory and gender studies; and composition and rhetoric.

The Department also offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (See listing for Creative Writing).
Most students enrolled in graduate programs in English Language and Literature seek employment in higher education, but many also seek non-academic employment in publishing, business and technical writing, administration, and personnel management. To assist with placement, the department has a Placement Director and the university has a Career Development Center.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Readings in the History of Rhetoric to 1900
  • Seminar in Composition Theory
  • Readings in Linguistics
  • Technologies of Writing
  • Readings in Digital Studies
  • Topics in Language Study

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • 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:


    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

  • GRE General required
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation from current or former teachers
  • Unofficial list of relevant coursework
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • A single critical writing sample (12-20 pages)

International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas, as well as those seeking admissions under A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.

Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27450 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    13530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13530 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for College Park

  • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The English Department, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Humanities and the Graduate School, awards a small number of fellowships to exceptional PhD candidates. The English Department also awards teaching assistantships, the primary form of financial aid.

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