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About the Program

The Department of English offers a rigorous program of study leading to the M.A. English degree. Through studying English, you will study the language and form of the stories we tell—whether they appear in poetry, plays, novels, memoirs, films or video games—and consider both the overpowering and understated emotions, epic and petty conflicts, heroic and banal acts, and the grand and simple language that offer the widest range of understanding who we are.

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Degrees Offered

  • M.A.
  • A.B./M.A. (Accelerated five-year program for Georgetown undergraduates)
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Admissions Requirements

For general graduate admissions requirements, visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s Application Information page. Review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Optional: Statement on Diversity, Personal Background & Contributions
  • Writing Sample
  • Letters of Recommendation (2-3)
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s Application Information page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Resume/CV
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (if applicable)
    • TOEFL = 80 minimum
    • IELTS = 7.0 minimum
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Application Deadlines

  • Spring: October 1
  • Fall: 
    • January 15 (Priority)
    • April 1 (Final)
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Degree Requirements

Graduate students in the English program plan their program of study with a graduate faculty member. All students must propose and prepare for one oral examination on a topic that synthesizes their studies.

With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in English, students may take up to six credits of course work in another department or at other institutions in the consortium of universities of the Washington area. Students may also take seminars offered through the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Institute for Scholarly Programs.

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Connect with Us

Program Contact: gradenglish@georgetown.edu

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Apply Now

Begin your application today!

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