English Master of Arts (MA)

Fordham University’s MA in English is designed as a two-year program granting exposure to literatures in English across a wide range of periods and genres. Enrollment in the program may be full- or part-time. Whether entering the program via the direct admit or accelerated MA track, all students must complete ten courses (30 credits), including the MA Capstone, usually taken in the fall term of the second year. Students must also demonstrate reading knowledge of one foreign language. For a comprehensive departmental guide to the MA, please see the annually updated MA Handbook.

Students who complete the MA will be able to:

  • perform persuasive literary analysis that demonstrates strong close reading, makes apt use of theoretical approaches, and locates a strong argumentative voice within a critical conversation
  • write rhetorically compelling scholarship that demonstrates precision, creativity, and rigor
  • develop a fuller understanding of research strategies and practices 
  • acquire broad knowledge across literary periods, regions, and styles and situate their learning along axes of difference and intersectionality
  • gain confidence, skills, and experience relevant to a range of academic and professional career pathways

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