Master of Arts in English Literature
These graduate MA programs and courses are offered by the Long Island, New York campus of Hofstra University.
Hofstra University is home to a vibrant English Department, offering graduate students a wealth of opportunities for the study of literature. In our 33 credit Master’s Program, students complete eleven courses: two required courses (Research Methods and Critical Theory); four classes that satisfy distribution and/or period requirements (and, here, there is a good deal of flexibility); as well as five electives, determined largely by the student’s own research interests. Among those five electives, students can also opt to take a 3-credit course in Creative Writing (offered through our MFA Program) and/or write a 3-credit Master’s Thesis under the direction of a faculty member of their choice.Program features include:
- A dedicated and diverse faculty
- Small classes
- Innovative courses
- Access to research tools
- Late afternoon and evening courses
- Summer classes and Winter Study Abroad Program
Our program serves a diverse student body. Indeed, we have no single—no one ideal—student profile. Our students, who range in age, come from all walks of life—and all stages in life—but all have a passion for English. They come from Hofstra, from other schools on Long Island and the tri-state area, and from universities across the country. Some have just earned the B.A. in English; others have earned their degrees two, five, or many more years ago. We have students who are fresh out of college; others who are working full-time as English teachers at the secondary level and looking to enhance their credentials; and still others, working in other careers, who may wish to expand their sense of English studies today.
For more information about the Master of Arts in English Literature, see “Message from the Director.” Or you may wish simply to contact our program director.