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Italian, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #262 (QS) , NJ,
The Italian Department at Rutgers University is committed to the research and teaching of Italian language, literature, and culture from all periods—from classical antiquity and Dante to opera, theater, and contemporary film and visual culture.


The M.A. program in Italian from Rutgers University deals with all aspects of Italian literature and literary criticism. It is open to candidates with academic records of distinction and other evidence of scholarly accomplishments. 

Members of our graduate faculty approach Italian culture from a range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, such as philology, theology, political philosophy, cultural theory, film theory, postcolonial studies, and cultural studies of food, gender and sexuality.

We offer Master of Arts (MA), Master of Teaching (MAT), and Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

Students in our MA and MAT programs enroll either full or part-time. Full-time MAT students can apply for the Paragano Fellowship for Teachers of Italian.

Learning Goals 

The Master of Arts in Italian trains students at the highest level to pursue careers teaching Italian language, literature, culture, and cinema studies. Students may also use their acquired skills to pursue careers in publishing, translation, or to work in cultural institutions in the US, in Italy, and abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Italian Women Writers
  • Language and Nation in Italian Thought
  • Italian Literature of the Fourteenth Century
  • Representing War, From the Unification to World War
  • Humanist Literature of the Quattrocento
  • Landscape and Architecture in Italian Cinema: Antonioni, Pasolini, and Rosi

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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General Requirements

  •   All undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts;
  •   Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's work;
  •   A statement of purpose, indicating the applicant’s current academic interests and long-term goals;
  •   For students with American degrees, GRE scores;
  •   For international students, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores;
  •   A writing sample, 1,500-2,000 words in length, demonstrating the applicant’s critical abilities (M.A. and Ph.D. applicants).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28194 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28194 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    11886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11886 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New Brunswick

  • 1204 - 2970 USD/month
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