Graduate Bulletin

English, M.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Applications are evaluated together, after the deadline has passed.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college and university professors familiar with your work.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

An applicant should have an undergraduate degree in English or equivalent coverage of English and American literature.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree is required in a humanities discipline.  A wide range of literature courses should have been taken.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 600-1,000 words and should include your research interests, your particular interest in Temple's Graduate English program, and your professional goals.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Verbal and subject tests are the most important scores. A low score does not exclude an applicant from consideration, if other application materials are strong.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 620 paper-based, 260 computer-based, or 105 internet-based.

Writing Sample:

The writing sample should be a work of literary criticism, not creative writing. Approximately 12-15 pages, it should represent the best of your critical and writing abilities.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 24

Required Courses:

One upper-level (8000 to 9000-level) seminar.

Four courses must concentrate on one of three tracks: cultural studies, epochs of modernism, or contemporary literacies.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: A language examination is required. Students must demonstrate reading knowledge of one foreign language.

Additional Requirements:

A qualifying paper is to be submitted in the last semester of coursework.

Culminating Events:

This program has no culminating events.


Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Dept. of English

1020 Anderson Hall

1114 W. Berks Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090


Department Contacts:


Belinda Wilson


Graduate Chairperson:

Alan Singer



Shannon Miller


About the Program

The English program at Temple enjoys a high reputation for teaching and research in both traditional and innovative areas of literary history, as well as in literary criticism. The graduate program prides itself on providing students with the advantages of studying at a Research I institution in a diversity-filled urban environment.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:


Students may also take courses at the Center City campus. Every summer, the department offers the Art and Cultural Seminar in Rome.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

In order to be certified as full-time, a student must engage in at least 9 hours of coursework per semester, or the equivalent in supervised teaching, dissertation research, or writing. In special circumstances, the Department permits part-time enrollment, but such students are not exempt from the guidelines concerning reasonable academic progress toward the degree.

Department Information:

Dept. of English

1020 Anderson Hall

1114 W. Berks Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090


Interdisciplinary Study:

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


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:

The Rome Seminar in Art and Culture is offered during Summer I 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 post-doctoral students in fields such as literature, film studies, philosophy, art, 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 can be arranged in a Temple student Residenza or students can make their own living arrangements in advance. All classes are taught in English.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

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, women’s studies, minority literatures, and interdisciplinary methods. Traditional areas of study include Renaissance, eighteenth century, nineteenth century, modern and contemporary literature, and rhetoric and composition.

Job Placement:

Graduates find jobs in the Philadelphia area and in all parts of the United States. They hold positions as teachers, editors, journalists, and in all professions that value writing and critical thinking.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are restricted from taking English courses.

Financing Opportunities

September 2007