Brandeis offers the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English, as well as a Joint M.A. degree in English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The graduate programs in English offer training in the reading and analysis of texts from a variety of perspectives, ranging from formalist to historical and political approaches. Graduate students have the opportunity to study a variety of topics with our world-class faculty, such as Modernism, Renaissance Literature, Gender and Sexuality, Philosophy, Contemporary Poetry, and more.
In addition to being excellent preparation for a Ph.D. program, our M.A. prepares students for high-level careers in teaching, law, business, publishing, writing, and administration. Teachers with master's degrees often earn higher salaries than those with only bachelor's degrees. In Massachusetts, earning an M.A. is one of the requirements for moving from an initial license to a professional license.
The Ph.D. program in English emphasizes individual scholarship, offers training in research, teaching methods, and other professional development skills, and encourages graduate student innovation and initiative. Our doctoral students serve as teaching assistants and direct their own writing courses, participate regularly at scholarly conferences, and have the opportunity to work closely with our distinguished faculty.
The English department offers a Joint Master of Arts program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies that integrates the study of women's experiences and gender roles with the English course of study. This joint program may be a terminal degree or may be earned as part of the Ph.D. program.
We encourage you to learn more about our program, located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic resources -- an ideal location for internships, research, academic, and career opportunities. As part of the Boston Area Graduate Consortium, Brandeis students are welcome to take advantage of the curricular opportunities at several area schools.
Generous scholarships and fellowships are available. Successful applicants to the Ph.D. programs are offered full tuition waivers, a stipend, and health insurance allowance. Most of our master’s students receive generous scholarships in the form of merit- and need-based aid.