Master of Arts in English

Explore traditional and innovative areas of literary criticism with the Master of Arts in English in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Hone the skills needed to conduct thorough research, formulate nuanced arguments, and approach writing with a creative and critical eye. Lay the groundwork for doctoral study in English, or become a more competitive candidate for professional work in editing, publishing, journalism, teaching or any field that values writing and critical thinking.

In the English MA program, you will focus on a foundational area of literary scholarship—such as British and American literature, modernism or contemporary literature—or choose one of several areas of intensive study. Areas of study include

  • critical theory,
  • cultural theory,
  • film theory,
  • interdisciplinary methods,
  • minority literature and
  • women’s studies.

Advanced seminars are also offered in the following specialized areas.

  • Critical and cultural theories
  • Ethnic and African-American literature
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Literature and visual studies
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Postcolonial and global literatures
  • Theory of genres

Program Format & Curriculum

The 30-credit Master of Arts in English can be completed within three years of full-time study. Classes are offered on Temple’s Main and Center City campuses. The department also offers the Rome Seminar in Art and Culture. 

Courses offered in this program include the following.

  • Craft in Creative Writing
  • Early American Literature
  • Early British Literature
  • Composition Research Methods
  • History of Critical Theory
  • Special Topics in Creative Writing
  • Translation Study

Students must also demonstrate a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language. The culminating event for all English students is a master’s essay of 4,000–6,000 words, which demonstrates a student's ability to write perceptively, lucidly, and at length. Learn more about English MA requirements.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Master of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $942.00 per year
Out-of-state: $,1297.00 per year


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