Colleges and Universities Offering a Masters Degree in Literature

Earning a master's degree in literature is ideal for students who enjoy reading and writing. Read on for more information on choosing a literature master's degree program and the best universities for English degrees.

How to Select a Literature School

Master's degree programs in literature prepare students to work as writers, secondary school teachers or in any other field that requires individuals who can communicate effectively. Literature programs leading to master's degrees may or may not require that students write a thesis in which they conduct extensive research on a specific literary topic or theory. Students who wish to teach English literature in secondary school must also complete courses in education in order to find work as English teachers or professors.

Literature students may wish to keep the following considerations in mind when deciding on a school:

  • Choosing a program that boasts faculty members who hold doctoral degrees from prestigious universities is important to some students who pursue graduate degrees in literature.
  • Schools that offer low student-to-teacher ratios may be desirable to students who want more individualized attention from their professors.
  • Students seeking a degree program in literature may also wish to consider the specializations available, such as concentrations in creative writing, linguistics or poetry.
  • Some students who may work full time or have other responsibilities may prefer applying to schools offering online and other distance education opportunities.
  • Students interested in teaching careers may seek a graduate degree program that provides them with the opportunity to simultaneously earn master's degrees in both literature and education.

Top 10 Schools with English Graduate Degrees

College/University Institution Type
University of California - Berkeley 4-year, Public
Harvard University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Stanford University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Columbia University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Princeton University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Pennsylvania 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Yale University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Cornell University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Chicago 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Duke University 4-year, Private

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