Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Master of Arts ( M.A. )

Fordham University's M.A. in English program features seminars in English and American literature in the full range of periods and genres as part of a Ph.D.-granting, research-based department. Enrollment in the program may be full- or part-time, and M.A. students have five years to complete the degree.


For the M.A. degree, students must complete ten courses (30 credits), demonstrate reading knowledge of one of the following languages: French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish, and complete an M.A. Capstone Project. 

Of the ten courses, one, either Research Methods or Critical Theory, is mandatory. Students who plan to apply to the Ph.D. may consider taking both of these courses.
  • Either Research Methods or Critical Theory (3 credits)
  • Five (5) Literature Courses in each of five historical areas (15 credits)
    • Before 1485 (British 1)
    • British literature, 1485-1800 (British 2)
    • British literature after 1800 (includes Irish & post-colonial) (British 3)
    • American literature before 1900 (American 1)
    • American literature since 1900 (American 2)
  • Four (4) Elective Courses (12 credits)
  • Reading Knowledge of One Foreign Language (0 credits)
  • M.A. Capstone Writing Project (0 credits)
  • M.A. students must maintain satisfactory academic progress with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B), 3.5 (B+) for those receiving financial aid, and maintain continuous enrollment.

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