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MA programs

Why Study English at Brandeis?

By pursuing an MA degree in English (terminal or joint with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), you will sharpen your analytical skills, develop an advanced writing style, and improve your close-reading ability. The knowledge you gain from the program will benefit your career in education, whether as a teacher or a doctoral student. These skills can also lead to jobs in areas as diverse as business, government, and the non-profit sector.

Our Faculty

Graduate students have the opportunity to study a variety of topics with our world-class faculty, such as Modernism, Renaissance Literature, Gender and Sexuality, Philosophy, Contemporary Poetry, and more. Our faculty offer courses that span geography, history, and genre. You can learn more from our faculty pages.

Our Students

The small size of our graduate programs allows students to develop close working relationships with faculty and peers. You can review abstracts of recent MA research papers and alumni profiles.

The Program

Visit each program's respective site for information about requirements: MA and joint MA. Most students complete the MA degree, stand-alone or joint, within three semesters.

Admission and Financial Aid

Admission to the graduate programs in the English department is competitive and selective. We seek scholars who will greatly contribute to the field and that are passionate about their research. Prospective applicants apply to the department through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are required to submit an online application, a nonrefundable application fee, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, official test scores, undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate transcripts), and a writing sample.

The deadline for both full-time and part-time applicants to the terminal  and jt M.A. programs is February 1.  Decisions are finalized in mid-April. 

Master’s candidates may be eligible for partial need-based and merit-based tuition scholarships. Once a full-time student completes a year of residency, that student may register at reduced rate as extended master's student. For information about financial aid, please visit the Graduate School's website.

The City of Boston

As a Brandeis student, the rich intellectual and cultural environment of the Boston area is just a free shuttle ride away. Students have the opportunity to attend museum exhibitions, symposiums at nearby universities, and other exciting events.