Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Master of Arts in English


Granada Center

1032 W. Sheridan Rd

Chicago, IL 60660

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in English

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of English at Loyola University Chicago offers MA and PhD programs in literature and culture across three broad historical areas, Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Nineteenth Century Studies, and Modern Literature and Culture, with a special emphasis in Textual Studies. 

Loyola’s MA program in English provides many advantages:

A faculty of scholar-teachers.

At many universities, a large and overcommitted faculty has little time or incentive to concentrate on teaching and mentoring its students. Smaller departments where teaching is emphasized, on the other hand, may lack the research-active faculty found at the more prestigious institutions. At Loyola, you will find the best of both worlds in a faculty of nationally respected, active scholars who also take pride in their teaching, and who give graduate education and graduate students the care and attention they deserve. 

Our students achieve success following a range of career goals.

While some of our MA graduates have gone on to earn the PhD both at Loyola and elsewhere, others have pursued careers in the non-profit sector, publishing, marketing, professional writing, and education (often teaching at the secondary level). 

A balanced education in literature, theory, and textual studies.

With distribution requirements spread over four areas—Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Nineteenth Century Studies, Modern Literature and Culture, and Textual Studies and Digital Humanities—our program offers up-to-date training in the discipline's major areas of expertise. Program requirements are supported by a wide range of courses in the various historical periods of English and American literature, literary and critical theory, post-colonial and global literatures, cultural studies, textual scholarship, digital humanities, and the teaching of writing.

Manageable degree requirements.

Eight courses (24 credit-hours) are required for the master's degree and the program is designed so that full-time students can complete all the requirements within a single year. Interested in doing the MA on a part-time basis while working at a full-time job? We make it possible by offering the majority of our graduate seminars in the evenings and late afternoons.

Training in teaching skills.Though we are unable to offer assistantships to MA students, interested students can opt to follow a teaching track with two courses in pedagogy (“Teaching College Composition” and “Pedagogy: Theory and Practice”) and a semester internship with a Loyola faculty member or at an area 2- or 4-year institution. 


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: GRE general test for MA and Ph.D. Loyola's school code is 1412 English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 550 paper, 79 IBT. IELTS: 6.5 Special Application Instructions: Submission of writing sample in addition to the other supporting materials noted in the Step-by-Step Application Process Guidelines. See program website for Advice to Applicants. Prerequisite Requirements: None

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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