12 months
1329 USD/credit 39870 USD/year
1329 USD/credit 39870 USD/year
966 USD/credit 28980 USD/year
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The English program at Temple University enjoys a high reputation for teaching and research in both traditional and innovative areas of literary history and literary criticism.


The English graduate program at Temple University prides itself on providing students with the advantages of studying at a Research I institution in a diversity-filled urban environment.

Interdisciplinary Study: Students are encouraged to engage in serious interdisciplinary projects and to work closely with a faculty member engaged in research and publications projects that take them regularly into the areas of History, Philosophy, Psychology, the arts, and non-print media.

Study Abroad: The Rome Seminar in Art and Culture is offered in the Summer term at Temple University's Rome campus, the Villa Caproni. This 6-credit graduate seminar is designed to bring together the disciplines of aesthetics and cultural studies. In its interdisciplinary thrust, the seminar is intended to serve as a foundation for advanced study in the human sciences and to reflect the most current trends of thought in post-modern culture. Applications are welcome from advanced undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students in fields such as art, film studies, literature, philosophy, and social theory. The seminar entails an intensive program of classwork, field trips, and guest lectures. The city of Rome is used extensively as a resource. Accommodations are available in a Temple student Residenza or through student-arranged living accommodations in advance. All classes are taught in English.

Areas of Specialization: The literature faculty is unusually productive in both emerging and traditional areas of literary scholarship. The M.A. program provides options for intensive study in critical theory, cultural theory, film theory, interdisciplinary methods, minority literature, and women’s studies. Traditional areas of study include Renaissance, eighteenth-century, nineteenth-century, modern, and contemporary literature, as well as rhetoric and composition.

Future Career

The advanced skills gained from a graduate degree in the College of Liberal Arts are highly relevant in today’s rapidly evolving world. You will form expertise through rigorous coursework and research to meet your professional and personal goals. 

Graduates of the Master of Arts in English find employment in high schools or preparatory schools, in editing or publishing, or as professional writers; they also go on to doctoral study at Temple and other institutions. This program prepares students for the following professional roles.

  • Copy editor
  • Copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Proofreader
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Web content manager

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Study in English
  • Early British Literature
  • Early American Literature
  • 16th and 17th Century British Literature
  • 18th Century British Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Take a standardized test 
  • Complete online application
  • Coursework
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Goals: In approximately 600 to 1,000 words, describe your research goals, your particular interest in the Temple English graduate program and your future goals.
  • Résumé
  • Writing Sample: The writing sample should be a work of literary criticism (not creative writing), approximately 12 to 15 pages in length. It should represent the best of its author's critical and writing abilities.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1329 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    39870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1329 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    28980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 966 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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