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21 Master of Art Programs in English Studies

An MA or Master of Arts is typically a one-to-two-year graduate degree in a focused field of study within the humanities or social sciences. What is an MA in English Studies? Students who pursue this advanced degree may expect to encounter a variety of coursework, including the study of literature written in English, English as a second language, linguistics, the history of the English language an… Read more

An MA or Master of Arts is typically a one-to-two-year graduate degree in a focused field of study within the humanities or social sciences.

What is an MA in English Studies? Students who pursue this advanced degree may expect to encounter a variety of coursework, including the study of literature written in English, English as a second language, linguistics, the history of the English language and possibly even comparative literature and mythology. Some programs may include coursework that focuses on pedagogy, that is, the teaching of English and language arts.

An MA in English Studies is valuable in that it may yield a variety of skills that are transferable to many careers. You will likely improve your communication and especially your writing skills, your critical thinking skills and your ability to understand and explain history and culture. While these skills and this knowledge set is useful in many careers, it is also useful in life.

The cost of a program that offers an MA in English Studies can vary widely depending on the specific program. Since cost is a factor for many students, this is something you likely want to investigate when looking at various programs.

An MA in English Studies may support you in a variety of career choices. Many choose this degree because they want to work as educators, but it’s also useful for those interested in becoming writers, attorneys and business owners. Because the skills gleaned from a Master of Arts are applicable to many careers, there are many viable options available, including the pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Because advanced degrees in English are so flexible, they tend to be popular. This means you have many options for pursuing an MA in English Studies online and on campuses around the world. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, United Kingdom

Poetry is, quite simply, the activity for which Queen’s University is best known around the world. Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney was both a student and lecturer here at Queen’s ... +

Poetry is, quite simply, the activity for which Queen’s University is best known around the world. Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney was both a student and lecturer here at Queen’s, and other famous poet-alumni of the university include Ciaran Carson, Paul Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian. Heaney was a founding member of the famous ‘Belfast Group’ in the 1960s, a forum in which young poets came together with critics to discuss their work and the craft of good poetry more generally. The fruitful interaction of creative and critical activity is at the heart of what this unique MA offers. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Aug 2023
Campus
 
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

In the Master’s Programme in English Studies at the University of Helsinki, you develop your expertise in areas that are often separated in other programmes: English language ... +

In the Master’s Programme in English Studies at the University of Helsinki, you develop your expertise in areas that are often separated in other programmes: English language and linguistics, literature in English and the teaching of English. You can take courses in all three areas or just focus on one of them. Up to 25 elective courses are offered each academic year as well as research seminars that will support you in writing your Master’s thesis. You can also combine modules from other programmes at the Faculty of Arts to your degree, for example, Digital Humanities and Literary Studies. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English, Finnish, Swedish
Aug 2023
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

The MA in English Literature and Culture is an academic humanities degree with a socially relevant focus. We offer you academic excellence with transferable skills, with the r ... +

The MA in English Literature and Culture is an academic humanities degree with a socially relevant focus. We offer you academic excellence with transferable skills, with the resources of a large research university but with small classes (typically 10-15 students), in a friendly ambiance that contributes to our positive student feedback. Our staff has received their doctorates from a mix of Dutch universities and international institutions (Oxford, Cambridge, Toronto, Edinburgh). -
MA
Full-time
English (UK)
01 Sep 2023
01 May 2023
Campus
 

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Lund University
Lund, Sweden

The aim of this Master’s programme is to strengthen the student’s historical knowledge and theoretical understanding of relations between literature, culture and modern media. ... +

The aim of this Master’s programme is to strengthen the student’s historical knowledge and theoretical understanding of relations between literature, culture and modern media. Consequently, the literary text is studied from an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective. The student can choose between a specialisation in Children's and Adolescent, English, French, General, German, Russian, Spanish, or Yiddish literature, and in Scandinavian studies. The tuition consists of compulsory courses taught in English and individually selected courses taught within the various language orientations. The programme serves as preparation either for further academic studies or for a professional career related to the field of literature, culture and media. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary

In this program, students become proficient in understanding and producing academic and media-oriented publications in the fields of English literature, socio-cultural history ... +

In this program, students become proficient in understanding and producing academic and media-oriented publications in the fields of English literature, socio-cultural history of the English language-based cultures (especially Great Britain, Ireland, Canada and Australia), applied and theoretical linguistics, mediating in English and their native language in specialised cultural, economic and political areas, teaching and transmitting knowledge concerning English literature and linguistics, and English language-based cultures and societies. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2023
30 Jun 2023
Campus
 
University of Eastern Finland
Joensuu, Finland

This program, taught entirely in English and aimed at international applicants, seeks to provide an opportunity to study English from a variety of literary and linguistic pers ... +

This program, taught entirely in English and aimed at international applicants, seeks to provide an opportunity to study English from a variety of literary and linguistic perspectives. The degree consists of coursework and a research thesis. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, USA

The master of arts in English Studies and Communication is a flexible, 36-credit program in English language, literature, and communication.

The master of arts in English Studies and Communication is a flexible, 36-credit program in English language, literature, and communication. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 
Karoli Gaspar University
Budapest, Hungary

The objective of the two-year program is to acquaint students with a broadly defined concept of English literary culture, including its history, major trends, critical schools ... +

The objective of the two-year program is to acquaint students with a broadly defined concept of English literary culture, including its history, major trends, critical schools, and, of course, its most representative works and authors. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2023
27 Apr 2023
Campus
 
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of English and Communication
Hong Kong

PolyU climbs to 66th in the QS World University Ranking 2022 and 55th in Linguistics in QS World University Ranking by Subject 2022. This MA programme aims to provide students ... +

PolyU climbs to 66th in the QS World University Ranking 2022 and 55th in Linguistics in QS World University Ranking by Subject 2022. This MA programme aims to provide students with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the theory and practice of English in educational and professional contexts. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2023
30 Apr 2023
Campus
 
University of Pécs
Pécs, Hungary

The goal of the degree program is to train experts in the field of English Studies who have sound theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge of the English language a ... +

The goal of the degree program is to train experts in the field of English Studies who have sound theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge of the English language and can apply such knowledge in practice. They have thorough knowledge and understanding of the literature, culture and the social and political systems of English-speaking countries, including Great Britain, Ireland and Canada, the major trends and research fields of modern theoretical and applied linguistics and their results that mainly apply to the English language. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2023
15 Jul 2023
Campus
 
Campbellsville University Online
Campbellsville, USA

The online master’s of teaching middle grades from Campbellsville University was designed for those who wish to transition into a teaching career and already have a bachelor’s ... +

The online master’s of teaching middle grades from Campbellsville University was designed for those who wish to transition into a teaching career and already have a bachelor’s degree in English. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 18 months
English
Aug 2023
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