Master of Art Degrees in Literature

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Many careers are becoming increasingly competitive and require postgraduate education to gain an advantage over contenders. For those seeking to further their education in the field of English, an MA in Literature can be just the ticket to advance in a career or lead the way to a PhD.

What is an MA in Literature? Those who go through a master’s program in literature study texts from different time periods including the Renaissance, the 19th century, and the 20th and 21st centuries. Students learn about the social and cultural contexts of literature and obtain enhanced skills in critical analysis, communications, and research. Depending on the program, people may study literature from several countries or focus on prose in a specific language. The writings could be anything from poetry and theatrical pieces to novels and short stories. Usually a master requires a research project or written thesis to improve writing ability.

An MA in Literature gives people useful skills that can be used in all walks of life. Critical reading and interpretation of a text, writing persuasively to justify an argument, and thinking through ideas with creativity and insight not only expands an intellectual horizon but provides the tools to accomplish many common tasks in different situations and careers.

Institutions around the world offer programs that vary greatly in cost. To obtain accurate pricing information, perspective students should research and contact the school of their choice.

An MA in Literature provides people with the skills necessary to teach at the secondary level, pursue careers in writing and editing, or obtain jobs in publishing or public relations. A literature degree generally serves as a broad base for many different careers instead of preparing students for a specific occupation. Many jobs require good communications skills both in writing and speaking. Thus, a literature MA can lead to anything from arts director at a publishing house to communications guru at a government agency.

 

If you are interested in acquiring an MA in Literature, browse our database to locate a program that offers the courses and focuses you desire. 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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Master of Arts in Classical and Modern Philology and Literature

University of Parma
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Italy Parma

The II level Master’s degree in Classical and Modern Philology and Literature is a two-year program specifically developed to meet the current needs for a high caliber education in all facets of Classical and Modern Philology and Literature. First-year courses address critical subject areas particularly in the fields of Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures, Linguistics and History. [+]

Official Program Description

The II level Master’s degree in Classical and Modern Philology and Literature is a two-year program specifically developed to meet the current needs for a high caliber education in all facets of Classical and Modern Philology and Literature.

First-year courses address critical subject areas particularly in the fields of Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures, Linguistics and History.

Second-year courses are divided into two modules: LM 14 (Modern Philology and Literature) provides an in-depth study especially in the fields of Italian and Romance Languages, Literatures and Philology, Historical and Musicological Studies. LM 15 (Classics) offers you high-standard, advanced training in Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures, Ancient History, Papyrology, Classical Philology, Archaeology, and Sanskrit.... [-]


Master of Arts in Arabic Language and Literature

Ajman University
Campus Full time August 2019 United Arab Emirates Ajman

In line with the vision and mission of Ajman University, the College of Education and Basic Sciences constantly endeavors to equip its students with a threefold system of values, knowledge, and skills to enable them to acquire the adequate resources and practices, necessary for them to succeed in their post-university life. [+]

Total credit hours: 36

Mission

In line with the vision and mission of Ajman University, the College of Education and Basic Sciences constantly endeavors to equip its students with a threefold system of values, knowledge, and skills to enable them to acquire the adequate resources and practices, necessary for them to succeed in their post-university life.

Objectives

1- Preparing class teachers for basic education level (first & second cycle) as well as teachers for the preparatory level core subjects (Arabic & Islamic studies, Maths & Science and English Language).

2- Preparing individuals specialized in education technology who are capable of helping teachers to develop educational situations.... [-]


MA in Children’s Literature: Children’s Illustration

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration as well as engaging in the academic study of children's literature, to gain an in-depth understanding of the relationships between image, text, readers and context in the world of children’s literature. [+]

Immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration as well as engaging in the academic study of children's literature, to gain an in-depth understanding of the relationships between image, text, readers and context in the world of children’s literature.

Developed and taught by leading teaching staff including children’s authors, this degree draws on both professional and critical perspectives from art and education, cultural studies, design and sociology to deliver a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the subject.

Guidance from tutors and a choice of modules and assignments will enable you to develop personal projects, culminating in a practice-based dissertation. At the end of the programme, you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work.... [-]


MA in Crime and Gothic Fictions

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the present day. [+]

Study two distinctive genres in this unique and specialist postgraduate course.

The only UK MA programme to integrate the study of both Crime Fiction and Gothic. Interdisciplinary and international in its approach to both genres.

Led by tutors with established international reputations in their respective fields.

*New for 2017, subject to final approval

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the present day.

The programme is deliberately international and interdisciplinary. You’ll study an imaginative choice of texts from Britain, Europe and the Americas, as well as investigating cutting-edge research and relevant theory.... [-]


MA in Historical, Literary & Cultural Studies (Research)

Radboud University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Netherlands Nijmegen

The Research Master's programme prepares you for an international academic career, whether it is the history of Europe, the development of modern European literature or the art of Rome that fascinates you. [+]

Whether it is the history of Europe, the development of modern European literature or the art of Rome that fascinates you, the Research Master's specialisations is an excellent choice for talented students who want to prepare themselves for an international academic career.

Specialisations

You can choose from the following English-taught specialisations:

Historical Studies Literary Studies Art and Visual Culture

Course programme

All three Master's degree specialisations have a similar structure which contains the following elements:

Theory of scientific research in Humanities 5.0 EC Methods and Techniques in Humanities 5.0 EC Contemporary Debates in Humanities 5.0 EC Academic Writing. 5.0 EC Key Texts for Humanities 5.0 EC Research seminar 5.0 EC Research paper and proposal 5.0 EC Master's thesis and colloquium 30.0 EC Plus disciplinary courses and research stay/internship abroad 55.0 EC ... [-]

MA in North American Studies: Culture and Literature

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg FAU
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Nuremberg

A research-oriented MA program with an area-specific profile in which cultural and literary developments in the USA, Canada, and the Anglophone Caribbean are analyzed [+]

Contents of the degree programme

Basic modules:

Cultural Studies Literary Studies Language

Intermediary modules:

Cultural Studies Literary Studies Survey module

Advanced modules:

Cultural Studies Literary Studies Interdisciplinary project module Master’s Thesis Occupational fields Political education International Organisations Cultural management Publishing and Librarianship/Journalism Fields of work at the intersection of business, politics and culture Teaching and Research International Semester(s) abroad highly encouraged Partner universities of the Department of English and American Studies include Georgia State University (Atlanta), University of Georgia (Athens), University of Kansas (Kansas), Minnesota State University (Mankato) Qualification requirements A first, above-average academic degree in American or English Studies (GPA equivalent to the German “gut”, i.e. up to 2.5; grades between 2.5 and 3.5: successful interview required). Students who have received a degree in English Studies need to present proof of a significant focus on literature and culture classes, preferably with America-related content, with their record of transcripts; 2-3 page essay on a topic that will be published on our homepage. Language requirements ... [-]

Master in English Literature and Language

St. Mary's University
Campus Full time Part time USA San Antonio

The program leading to the Masters of Arts in English Literature and Language is highly flexible and serves a variety of professional and intellectual goals. Students develop literature and language ability and, in addition, may choose a subfield specialty. [+]

The program leading to the Masters of Arts in English Literature and Language is highly flexible and serves a variety of professional and intellectual goals. Students develop literature and language ability and, in addition, may choose a subfield specialty. The program is committed to the importance of reading with sensitivity and understanding and of writing clearly and concisely.

The Literature component offers a comprehensive view of the literary wealth of the English and American traditions within a global critical perspective, introducing students to international literature and current literary criticism. The Language component provides a grounding in the fields of rhetoric, composition, and pedagogy, covering theory as well as application particularly useful for teachers and writers. The subfield component is designed to diversify the student’s areas of concentration by developing a background which may include Speech, Communication Studies or Reading.... [-]


MA in English Literature

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 years September 2018 USA Chicago Grayslake + 2 more

This graduate program in English is designed to provide advanced study in Composition Studies. It provides for personal and professional advancement, particularly in teaching, research, writing, journalism, publishing and editorial work. The program also prepares students for studies at the Ph.D. level. [+]

This graduate program in English is designed to provide advanced study in Composition Studies. It provides for personal and professional advancement, particularly in teaching, research, writing, journalism, publishing and editorial work. The program also prepares students for studies at the Ph.D. level.

Two Major Options:

Concentration in Composition, MA Concentration in Literature, MA

Courses in this program will help students achieve substantial preparation in a variety of areas, including writing theories, writing pedagogies, alternative literacies and the relationship between composition and literature. It will be up to each student to determine his or her personal and professional needs and, with the graduate advisor, to create a program that will address both program requirements and individual needs.... [-]


MA in Italian language, literature and culture

USI Università della Svizzera italiana
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2018 Switzerland Lugano

The Master in Italian language, literature and culture is offered by the Institute for Italian Studies (ISI) of the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI in Lugano. The full-time study programme is offered entirely in Italian and comprises 120 ECTS (for a usual duration of 2 years). An agreement signed on April 4th 2011 estabilishes the equivalence between the Master in Italian language, literature and culture (USI) and the Laurea magistrale "Filologia moderna. Scienze della letteratura, del teatro e del cinema" (Università degli Studi di Pavia). [+]

The study programme of the Master covers three main subject areas: Italian language / Italian and comparative literature / Arts, history and culture, within a holistic framework encouraging the encounter of expertise from different academic fields. Italian literature, the central subject of the Master, is taught with constant reference to the culture in which it has been produced and studied.

The teaching staff includes internationally renowned scholars with outstanding research records in the various fields. Learning benefits from the linguistic and cultural situation in Ticino, an Italian speaking environment open to multilingualism, and from the excellent study conditions at Università Della Svizzera Italiana.... [-]


MA In Reading With An Emphasis In Secondary Education

Grand Canyon University
Online Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City Scottsdale + 4 more

Prepare adolescents with the literacy skills needed for college or a future career. Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education, offered by the College of Education, aligns with the standards of the International Literacy Association and prepares specialists for the demands of student development. [+]

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Overview

Earn Your Master of Arts in Reading Online

Prepare adolescents with the literacy skills needed for college or a future career. Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education, offered by the College of Education, aligns with the standards of the International Literacy Association and prepares specialists for the demands of student development. The rigorous curriculum serves schools and districts by providing diverse students fair access to high-quality education with a foundation in literacy.

Through observational and practice-based experiences, the MA in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education provides the application of theory and educational best practices to improve literacy in collaborative settings. Effectively deliver curriculum, instruction, and assessment with a strong foundation in corrective reading strategies. It surveys a variety of assessment tools, instructional approaches and effective communication techniques for optimized learning. Candidates engage in advanced studies in secondary schools to inspire the creation of literate environments and support literacy across content areas.... [-]


Master in Comparative Literary Studies

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Utrecht

This Research Master’s programme offers you an excellent balance between linguistic variety and general theoretical perspectives on the nature of literature, its past and its future. [+]

LITERATURE IN A GLOBALISED WORLD

Comparative Literary Studies involves the transnational study of literature from a theoretically informed perspective. The Utrecht programme is distinguished by its comparative approach and its concern with the relations between literature and other forms of culture. The main focus is on literature written in West-European languages in the modern period, but attention is also paid to world literature in translation. This Research Master’s programme offers you an excellent balance between linguistic variety and general theoretical perspectives on the nature of literature, its past and its future. As a student in this programme, you will learn to analyse the ways in which literature interacts with (and reflects on) its cultural and social environment against the background of globalisation and new media technologies.... [-]


MA Art, Literature and Society

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

The MA in Art, Literature and Society addresses contemporary debates in literature, art, religion, philosophy, and culture. The direction you take depends on your prior studies and your passions. [+]

What critical role do artists, philosophers, writers and poets play in today’s society? What is the point of art in public spaces?What can your role as a future student of culture mean to society? If you are passionate about such issues, the master’s programme in Art, Literature and Society could be the programme for you.The programme is aimed at critical and creative thinkers who have a large array of interests. As a graduate of this programme, you will have broad insights into modern day questions of national and international importance. You will also have experience conducting incisive debates and will be able to contribute to contemporary discussions surrounding art and literature.... [-]


Master in Philosophy and Literature (MA)

Mary Immaculate College
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Ireland Limerick + 1 more

The MA in Philosophy and Literature is a taught programme, which is designed to provide an additional postgraduate academic qualification for... [+]

MA in Philosophy and Literature

The MA in Philosophy and Literature is a taught programme, which is designed to provide an additional postgraduate academic qualification for graduates in the areas of Philosophy and English and to give students a sense of the interdisciplinarity between the areas of Philosophy and English.It is also designed to develop a sense of critical thinking in both areas and to facilitate critical engagement with contemporary issues and problems.Full-time students may take the MA degree course in one year and part-time students will require two years.The programme may lead to doctoral study in the field for suitably qualified graduates.

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MA in English Literature (by research only)

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

Staff members in English at the University of the Witwatersrand are able to offer supervision at Master’s level in areas ranging from medieval texts to contemporary literature, with particular strengths in Renaissance studies, Victorian fiction, modernism, postmodernism and postcolonial writing. Topics in literary theory, as well as inter-disciplinary projects, are equally welcome. [+]

Staff members in English at the University of the Witwatersrand are able to offer supervision at Master’s level in areas ranging from medieval texts to contemporary literature, with particular strengths in Renaissance studies, Victorian fiction, modernism, postmodernism and postcolonial writing. Topics in literary theory, as well as inter-disciplinary projects, are equally welcome. Staff undertaking supervision are active researchers, who publish regularly in their fields of specialisation. In the 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the department was placed in the top 51-100 category. Students receive individual mentoring and are given the opportunity to develop a professional profile by participating in undergraduate tutoring. Those with appropriate interests may be invited to share in international research partnerships with specified universities in Great Britain, Sweden and Germany.... [-]


MA in Mythological Studies

Pacifica Graduate Institute
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Carpinteria Santa Barbara + 1 more

By discerning the underlying similarities and threads in the world’s myths and traditions, we better understand our shared humanity, while honoring the diverse ways human beings live and make meaning of their experience. [+]

MA in Mythological Studies

Classes begin early September

By discerning the underlying similarities and threads in the world’s myths and traditions, we better understand our shared humanity, while honoring the diverse ways human beings live and make meaning of their experience.

The Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica M.A./Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology

The foundation of Mythological Studies at Pacifica is the close reading of primary texts from a variety of cultural and religious traditions. These courses encourage interdisciplinary scholarship, giving particular attention to myths, iconography, symbols, religious beliefs, and ritual practices. Historical and contemporary approaches to the study of myth are also carefully reviewed.... [-]