Master of Arts (MA)

Fordham University's MA in English program features seminars in English and American literature in the full range of periods and genres. Enrollment in the program may be full- or part-time, and MA students have five years to complete the degree.

Through the course of the MA program, students will:

  • Improve close reading skills
  • Write with greater precision, creativity, and rigor
  • Attain a complex knowledge of literature from different periods
  • Learn and demonstrate knowledge of various theoretical approaches to the study of literature
  • Develop a fuller understanding of research strategies and practices


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

Of the ten courses, one, either Research Methods or Critical Theory, is mandatory.

  • Either Research Methods or Critical Theory (3 credits)
  • Five 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 and post-colonial) (British 3)
    • American literature before 1900 (American 1)
    • American literature since 1900 (American 2)
  • Three (3) Elective Courses (9 credits)
  • MA Capstone Writing Project (3 credits)
  • Reading Knowledge of One Foreign Language (0 credits)

MA 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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