Comparative Literature, M.A. | Indiana University Bloomington | Bloomington, United States
24 months
32156 USD/year
30704 USD/year
10630 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Founded in 1949, Indiana University's Department of Comparative Literature at  Indiana University Bloomington is one of the oldest and most comprehensive in the United States. 


Comparative Literature offers you – the adventurous, creative student – the freedom to chart your own path through our broad range of courses and to combine our courses with those of other departments. Comparative literature encourages you to think in original and exciting ways about the relationship between literatures, arts, cultures, and environments. By providing you with the opportunity to make innovative connections among a diverse array of human arts and experiences, comparative literature prepares you for a globalized world.

Comparative Literature isn’t just for students looking for a future in the humanities, either. It trains you in the fundamental skills that can lead to success in any career path. Our courses will teach you how to express yourself effectively, how to write clearly, how to solve problems in creative and innovative ways, and how to understand and relate to people with differing opinions or background from yourself.

Personalized career advising

Wherever you are on your path to discovering your ideal career, we have the expertise to help.

  • The Career Development Center (CDC) is your go-to resource if you aren’t yet part of a specific Indiana University Bloomington school. Our exploration process provides you with support and guidance each step of the way—from beginning to think about your future to launching your career.
  • If you are in the exploratory stage, we also encourage you to visit career centers for schools in which you have an interest, in addition to the CDC.
  • Once you declare a major, you’ll work with the career center dedicated to your school for advising tailored to your academic discipline.
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Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Medieval Literature
  • History and Theory of Translation
  • Topics in Comparative Literature: Nabokov
  • Topics in Literary Genres, Modes, and Forms: The Renaissance Epic
  • Electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 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

  • the completed application form
  • the applicant’s statement of purpose
  • transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • at least three letters of recommendation
  • official score reports from the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (required) and Subject Achievement Test (recommended but not required)
  • Scholarship as reflected in a research/critical paper (such as an honors project or Master’s thesis) of approximately 15-25 pages
  • Literary background
  • Linguistic preparation
  • TOEFL scores for all international applicants 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32156 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32156 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    30704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30704 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10630 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10630 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Bloomington

1071 - 1733 USD /month
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