MA in English and American Literature

The Master's Program in English and American Literature is designed for Notre Dame and St. Mary's College undergraduate English majors seeking advanced training before applying to a PhD program at another institution.  The M.A. program is also open to international students and to those with portable scholarship funding from foundations and governments.

The M.A. degree in English requires 30 hours of course credit. There are two types of degrees: research and non-research. Most students choose the non-research program. Students in the research program write a master’s thesis in lieu of two courses and defend the thesis in lieu of the M.A. examination.

Principal Requirements

  • The M.A. degree in English requires 30 hours of course credit. Students are required to take 11 literature courses (33 credit hours) and one exam-reading course for the non-research degree or 10 literature course (30 credit hours) and 6 credit hours of thesis research for the research degree.
  • No foreign language requirement is required for the non-research Master’s degree. The research degree requires a reading knowledge of a language appropriate to the student’s field of study.