Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies

School of Professional Studies

Master of Arts in Literature


Wieboldt Hall, 6th Floor

339 East Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Literature

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MALit evening degree program allows students the opportunity to study literature at Northwestern University. Students may choose to focus their course work under the following specializations: American literature; British literature; comparative and world literature; film, literature and visual culture or they may devise an independent plan of study. The program accommodates the often-hectic schedules of part-time graduate students while providing a rigorous academic experience. Courses are offered year-round on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses of Northwestern University. The program provides a variety of courses every term, each emphasizing the ways in which words matter in culture and encouraging students to develop their analytical and writing skills. Our distinguished and diverse faculty come from a wide range of academic areas, including comparative literature, French and Italian, Latin American studies, English, theater, classics, and African American studies. By offering intensive discussions about the importance of literature to life, the MALit program gives students a foundation in critical thinking that is relevant to many goals - pursuing advanced degrees, improving secondary teaching, professional development, and more. The focus on critical interpretation develops awareness of how we shape and are shaped by language in multiple ways. This awareness, in turn, can illuminate not only fiction, drama, and poetry but also political speech, legal discourse, television advertising, and journalism. Finally, the MALit program offers students the opportunity to partake in the aesthetic challenge and pleasure of writing and reading - of experiencing the pleasure of insight into literary form, narrative, meaning, and shifting cultural contexts.


Northwestern University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Graduate students should direct their financial aid eligibility questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid at 312-503-8722.

Locale: Midsize City

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