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Master’s Program in English

Master’s Program

The Master of Arts degree launches students into the study of literature, writing, and rhetoric at the graduate level. The program offers two years of intensive study in the major fields of British and American literature, covering the debates and approaches that animate the discipline of English. Our MA graduates are fully prepared to proceed to study at the doctoral level, and their training in critical thinking, language skills, and cultural history has also proven to be fruitful preparation for a range of careers outside of academia.


For classes entering in Fall 2018, the core curriculum consists of 32 semester hours of coursework, including ENGL 5103 Proseminar and courses in the following categories: Theories and Methods, Writing and Rhetoric, and Literary Periods. Please visit the Registrar’s catalog for more details.

M.A. Milestones

The M.A. Guide contains detailed information about coursework, annual review, the M.A. language requirement, and M.A. Comprehensive Examination or Co-op. View or download the M.A. Guide on our Current Student Resources web page.

Graduates of our M.A. program are able to:

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

The master’s program offers an optional cooperative education experience (co-op) to eligible students.  Co-operative education is central to both the Northeastern experience and to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities experiential liberal arts framework. Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem provides qualified master’s students with six-month work experiences in businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies in Boston and across the United States. Graduate students take their work from campus learning spaces, apply their knowledge outside of the classroom, and then bring knowledge and skills gained in community learning spaces back to our campus learning spaces during the co-curricular experiential integration course. Learn more about co-op at Northeastern.

PlusOne (B.A./M.A.)

Northeastern offers an English bachelor/Master’s degree program through the PlusOne program, which allows students to accelerate by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Learn more about the PlusOne program.

Graduate Certificates

The Graduate Program in English offers students enrolled in any of its degree programs the option to complete graduate certificates in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and in Digital Humanities.


Academic advising is a critical part of a student’s experience in the graduate program. New students are assigned faculty advisors and are welcome to subsequently change advisors as they fine-tune their academic and career objectives. Advising covers substantive questions in the student’s field of study as well as long-term academic and career planning. Students are strongly urged to speak to an advisor before registering for courses each semester.


Recent graduates of the Master’s Program have gone on to Ph.D. study at Arizona State University, Cornell University, the Graduate Center, CUNY, Harvard Law School, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern University, SUNY Albany, Syracuse University, UMass-Amherst, University of Maryland, and University of Florida.

Graduates have established careers across industries including education, curriculum and instruction design, publishing and editing, and writing and communications. View our Alumni Updates for more details.

Apply Today

We have rolling admissions for the Master of Arts program for Fall and Spring start dates. Visit Apply Now for links to the online application, required materials and deadlines, and prospective student FAQs.