Masters of Arts 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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MA In Reading With An Emphasis In Secondary Education

Grand Canyon University
Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City South Phoenix 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. [+]

MA Degrees in Literature. Advanced Program For Continuing Professional Education Offered By: College of Education 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. You must submit a copy of your current teaching license or provide evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience to apply for this program. In addition, it is essential to have access to a 6-12 classroom to complete the program assignments. If your state requires a K-12 credential, please speak with an enrollment representative to discuss available options. Degree Outcomes Study Advanced Instructional Strategies In the Master of Arts in... [-]

MA in Crime and Gothic Fictions

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 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. The MA is particularly suited to individuals who are interested in developing their critical and research skills in preparation for further study. It can also be pursued as an end in itself, if you’re interested in investigating crime writing and gothic at taught postgraduate level. What you'll learn You’ll explore the ways crime and Gothic enrich each other, focussing on both equally during the taught element of the MA. We’ll give you the opportunity to specialise for your final dissertation, if so desired. You’ll be taught the histories of the two genres, to ensure you have a good grounding, before moving on to consider contemporary and international examples from both genres. The programme will help strengthen your skills in comparison and criticism across genres, while allowing you to specialise in the genre of your choice. How will... [-]

MA in Historical, Literary & Cultural Studies (Research)

Radboud University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 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 are 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 Humanites 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 ... [-]

Master of Arts in English Major in Creative Writing

Silliman University
Campus Full time 2 years November 2017 Philippines Dumaguete

Students majoring in Creative Writing may choose to submit creative work (poems or stories; a play or a novel) as their thesis. [+]

Students majoring in Creative Writing may choose to submit creative work (poems or stories; a play or a novel) as their thesis. A substantial critical introduction to such a thesis is generally required. Comprehensive Examination All candidates for the M.A. in English with concentration in literature and creative writing must pass two examinations before they enroll in Thesis Writing. One examination is based on a reading list common to all such programs. The second examination is in the area of concentration. Within English and American Literature, the following may be chosen: The Beginning of English Literature English Literature of the Renaissance Seventeenth Century English Literature Eighteenth Century English Literature Nineteenth Century English Literature American Literature to 1900 English and American Literature of the Twentieth Century [-]

MA in English Literature: Modern and Contemporary Fictions

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

This course gives you the chance to study English literature in a modern university environment, while taking advantage of the wealth of resources offered by London's rich cultural life. You will examine literary texts in the wider context of cultural production and relate them to the social, historical and political circumstances from which they emerge. [+]

MA Degrees in Literature. This course gives you the chance to study English literature in a modern university environment, while taking advantage of the wealth of resources offered by London's rich cultural life. You will examine literary texts in the wider context of cultural production and relate them to the social, historical and political circumstances from which they emerge. The course team consists of academic specialists who make use of the many nearby museums, galleries and libraries in their teaching. The course will be of particular interest to those wishing to prepare for further study at MPhil or PhD level, and those teaching English who want to gain a further qualification and investigate recent and current developments in the field. Course content The English Literature: Modern and Contemporary Fictions MA at the University of Westminster is designed to offer a coherent programme of postgraduate study that allows for both chronological range and specific topical focus. It gives you the opportunity to revisit and reinvestigate the texts, critical practices, institutions and periods that make up the discipline in order to see it in new and exciting ways. It consists of three core modules. Subjectivities constructs a critical sense of the discipline by focusing on the notion of subjectivity. It investigates the idea of a self as relevant to questions of literary form, to reading, and to writing. Institutions and Histories looks at the institutional and material conditions that produce our ideas of what literature is and the way literary texts are... [-]

Master in Modern English Literature (MA)

Mary Immaculate College
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Ireland Limerick + 1 more

The English Department in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, has offered a highly-successful and popular one-year taught M.A. degree... [+]

M.A. in Modern English Literature

 

The English Department in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, has offered a highly-successful and popular one-year taught M.A. degree programme in Modern English Literature since September 2002. It is designed for full-time students and we normally accept ten students each year. and the cap on numbers ensures close personal tuition. Part-time students may also be admitted but in their case completion of the programme will take two years.

 

 

AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

To widen and deepen student's knowledge and appreciation of English literature and contemporary critical theory To familiarise students with traditional and modern technological sources for research in English literature To equip students with the knowledge and skills required for doctoral studies To enhance students' career opportunities ... [-]

MA Art, Literature and Society

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 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. [+]

MA Degrees in Literature. 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. The critique of nationalism in recent German literature? The humanities in academia? Architecture and politics? Fascism and modernism? Darwinian aesthetics? Are we our brain? The role of art in the future of democracy? The key term here is interdisciplinarity: you learn to approach debates not as a philosopher, a political scientist or columnist, a journalist, or as a historian, but rather from a broad spectrum of viewpoints in a programme that remains unique in the Netherlands. Graduates of this programme will have gained: Broad insight into topical issues of national and international importance Experience engaging in impassioned debates and tackle a range of contemporary controversies The ability to infuse their academic practice with an element of personality Fast facts Art, Literature and Society at Maastricht University… is a one-year international and interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning can be followed in English or in Dutch has majority of international students, representing on average 7 different nationalities is excellent preparation for a successful PhD programme looks at the public roles of the professionals who are engaged in research, management, criticism, and debate in these areas offers you the choice of spending the second semester working abroad on an internship or project. Summer School If you would like to come to Maastricht... [-]

MA in English Literature

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 years September 2017 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. Requirements for Admission to the Program Note: Applications for this program are accepted three times a year. Fall admission – July 1 Summer admission – April 1 Fall admission – November 1 Students must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research. In addition: Applications must indicate a degree concentration: Literature or Composition. In their personal Statement of Goals and Objectives, applicants to the Program in English should specify their reasons for pursuing graduate-level studies in Literature or Composition, and they should identify the background, strengths, and academic skills that they feel will ensure their success as an MA student. All applicants must submit a representative sample of academic or professional writing that demonstrates their critical thinking and/or research strengths and indicates their ability to do well in... [-]

M.A. in Linguistics and Literature: English

University of Antwerp
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Belgium Antwerp

“English” on the Master's level at the University of Antwerp amounts to a set of research-oriented courses in linguistics and literature that aims to provide the successful student with knowledge, skills and attitudes to pursue a variety of careers—either in (academic) teaching or the cultural sector at large. [+]

MA Degrees in Literature. The M.A. in Linguistics and Literature: English offers a range of courses to choose from in the fields of both linguistics and literary studies. There is only one compulsory element - you must take at least one linguistics course and one literature course. The master thesis constitutes an important part of the degree and is worth 18 of the 60 ECTS credits. Literature topics include the American historical novel after 1950, the construction of age, and the work of Samuel Beckett. Linguistics courses include pragmatics, negation, and curriculum and syllabus design. [-]

MA in Literature – Culture – Media, General Literature

Lund University
Campus Full time September 2017 Sweden Lund

The aim of this Master's programme is to strengthen your historical knowledge and theoretical understanding of relations between literature, culture and modern media. You can choose between several specialisations. [+]

Programme overview

The aim of this programme is to strengthen students' historical knowledge and theoretical understanding of relations between literature, culture and modern media. Students can choose between a specialisation in English, French, General, German, Russian, Spanish or Yiddish Literature, or Scandinavian Studies. There are theoretical courses  focused on  aesthetic and cultural topics of a general nature, as well as courses focused on specific literary genres, themes or historical periods. Critical attention is also given to the many forms in which literature enters the media and the public arena in contemporary society. The final examination takes the form of a Master’s thesis.... [-]


MA English Literature

Brunel University: College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

The MA in English Literature at Brunel University London offers a combination of various approaches to the study of literary texts, including the historical, author-oriented readings, periodization and a postmillennial focus. It is underpinned by certain core issues: identity, culture and literary engagement; historical contexts; the ideological and social function of literature; exploring self and others through literary forms and genres; how we might more effectively read texts and the world. [+]

MA Degrees in Literature. About the course The MA in English Literature at Brunel University London offers a combination of various approaches to the study of literary texts, including the historical, author-oriented readings, periodization and a postmillennial focus. It is underpinned by certain core issues: identity, culture and literary engagement; historical contexts; the ideological and social function of literature; exploring self and others through literary forms and genres; how we might more effectively read texts and the world. The course offers the opportunity to study a range of topics and periods including the contemporary, and it is designed to appeal to you if: you are preparing to undertake further research in literary studies; wishing to take your general studies in English literature to the next level; or, hoping to enhance your career prospects. The introductory module, Reading, Research & Writing, reinforces and further develops all the required skills and competencies relevant to literary studies, ensuring that from the third term you will be able to pursue self-directed research on an agreed topic of your choice and submit a 15,000 word dissertation. Aims You will explore the diversity of literary and cultural production through innovative modules designed to cross disciplinary, historical, and geographical boundaries, thereby offering a wide scope within which students of the master’s can develop their own interests. The MA in English Literature will equip you with a detailed and sophisticated understanding of English and related literatures. It will support your critical and creative engagement with issues central to... [-]

MA Korean Literature

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The programme suits anyone interested in the literary cultures of Korea, as well as students of literature with no prior knowledge of Korean literature who are looking for new areas of inquiry. The programme will benefit anyone wishing to pursue a research degree (MPhil/PhD) afterwards. It also provides a solid basis for anyone wishing to pursue a career in literary translation or publishing. [+]

MA Korean Literature Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) Start of programme: September Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time The MA in Korean Literature aims to: provide extensive, critical knowledge of pre-modern and modern Korean literary traditions; develop advanced competency in reading and understanding literary works in Korean, and literary translation skills into English; develop advanced skills in research, analysis, and critical method in the study of Korean literature, with consideration to socio-historical context and comparative approaches; serve as a foundation for students who wish to pursue further research or work in the fields of literary translation, writing and publishing. The programme suits anyone interested in the literary cultures of Korea, as well as students of literature with no prior knowledge of Korean literature who are looking for new areas of inquiry. Incoming students will be expected to have completed at least the equivalent of two years of undergraduate Korean language study. Students with knowledge of classical Chinese (hanja) will be encouraged to read pre-modern texts in the original classical Chinese. The programme will benefit anyone wishing to pursue a research degree (MPhil/PhD) afterwards. It also provides a solid basis for anyone wishing to pursue a career in literary translation or publishing. Structure Students are required to take three taught units and to write a dissertation of 10,000 words. Two of the taught units are compulsory; the third is selected from... [-]

MA in Mythological Studies

Pacifica Graduate Institute
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 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 Degrees in Literature. 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. The study of myth can help guide us with its storehouse of narratives and images, facilitating our personal and collective transition into a more vibrant reality. Myth reveals the unconscious narratives of both past and present, making the study of myth vitally important to our time. Issues of faith and violence, sexuality, the sacred and the secular, all co-mingle in the history of world religions and literature to weave the stunning tapestry that is mythological studies. Renowned mythologist, professor, and author Joseph Campbell taught that myth has the power to touch our deepest creative energies, and to generate symbolic images that confer significance upon the complexity of modern life and history. It thrives on paradox, ambiguity, and the shape-shifting ways that metaphor informs and transforms our lives. Cultivating the mythic imagination leads to self-revelation and a profound and... [-]

Master in English Literature and Language

St. Mary's University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 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. Career opportunities. This degree offers an in-depth preparation for school teachers and community college instructors. Additionally, it will provide background for those who consider pursuing Ph.D. work. The degree is equally useful in careers in which a writing or humanities background is important, such as management, public relations, and journalism. [-]

MA Literary London

University of Greenwich
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA English: Literary London offers an opportunity to study the rich and varied literary history of London. [+]

MA Literary London

 

The MA English: Literary London offers an opportunity to study the rich and varied literary history of London.  Taught by members of the Department of English, Drama and Creative Writing, this exciting programme covers literary periods from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, and encompasses film, theory and creative work as well as traditional literary scholarship.  It will appeal to those wishing to extend their knowledge of literature, to explore varying critical approaches and perspectives, and to broaden their reading within an interdisciplinary, comparative and international context.The MA English: Literary London is designed as a structured, yet flexible programme.  Courses are taught in weekly seminars and termly study days. Classes focus on the close study of literary, theoretical and cultural texts, as well as opportunities for site-specific learning through walks and gallery visits.  Students will also pursue supporting courses in research methods and theory and will produce a final dissertation on a subject of their own choice.... [-]