Our Master's Degree program invites applicants who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Anglophone literature while sharpening their skills in close reading and incisive writing. In addition to a globally-informed knowledge of literary and cultural history, admitted students will acquire transferable skills in critical thinking, self-expression, cultural literacy, and cultural history. Over the course of our two-year program of study, students will work closely with English department faculty, develop relationships across the department’s graduate student community, and have the opportunity to engage in a long-form research and writing project, all while being immersed in the culturally rich capital of American political life.
M.A. Students may choose one or two tracks toward their degree, depending on their interests and professional goals. Both tracks allow students to follow engaging seminars on a wide array of topics, and both allow students to take a limited number of courses outside of the department and in the Washington-area university Consortium to which GW belongs. The first track culminates in the completion of a Masters portfolio during the final year of study, an appropriate endpoint for students with career aspirations in education, journalism, media, law, and non-profit work, to name just a few of the fields where our recent graduates have found fulfilling careers. By contrast, the second track culminates in the research and writing of a Master's thesis in the final year and is designed to appeal to students who are interested in preparing themselves for future research in a rigorous Ph.D. or another advanced degree program.
Various funding opportunities are available for talented applicants who apply before February 1st. In addition to merit awards, enrolled students can compete for teaching assistantships and tutoring opportunities when they are available. The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences also offers several generous funding opportunities, including one for recent GW graduates.
Our application deadlines are October 1st for M.A. applicants seeking Spring Semester admission, February 1st for M.A. applicants seeking Fall Semester admission with funding consideration, and April 1st for M.A. applicants seeking Fall Semester admission without funding consideration.
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At GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, research thrives, critical thinking is endemic, collaboration is constant, and real world training go hand-in-hand with learning.