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“The advising and mentoring I received at AU was phenomenal…I still keep in touch with many of my professors, some of whom have even offered to read my ‘works in progress’ before final submission. If this doesn't scream ‘dedication to students,’ I don't know what does."
Dan Mangiavellano
MA '03, Assistant Professor of English at Loyola University

Planning to pursue a PhD, enhance your credentials as a teacher, seek a career in publishing or writing, or are looking for career development opportunities?

AU’s literature master’s program was designed with you in mind. Our flexible program is perfect for a wide range of students. In our master’s degree program, you will be able to:

  • Study theory, cinema studies, pre-19th century literature, rhetoric, composition, and more.
  • Pursue a program concentration—teaching, predoctoral, generalist, or interdisciplinary—with teaching and research opportunities available to complement the chosen track.
  • Find the inspiration, resources, and focus you need to achieve your goals.

Our alumni are successful in a wide range of professional paths, including doctoral study and careers in education. Within six months of graduation, 95 percent of College of Arts and Sciences master's alumni are employed or pursuing further graduate study, with 50 percent making $50,000 a year or more.

Join the literature master’s program to be part of our vibrant intellectual community.

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We partner with organizations throughout the DC area to facilitate opportunities for you. Take advantage of internship and research opportunities with the National Endowment for the Arts, Library of Congress, NPR, White House Press Corps, PBS, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Literature MA


Applications are accepted year round and GRE scores are optional. Students can take classes on a full-time or part-time basis. Most classes are held in the evening and many students complete the degree in two years. The interdisciplinary track allows students to share credits with other programs in the university.
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As a graduate student at AU, you’ll have access to resources and opportunities only Washington, DC, can provide. Join a collaborative community of writers and researchers in this vibrant city.
"Completing my MA at American was an excellent way to fill in gaps in my knowledge of literary periods and theoretical discussions while I narrowed and defined my interests...I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at AU.”
Joelle Tybon
MA ’08 
"My professors challenged me, pushing me to expand my knowledge and understanding and treated me like a fellow scholar. So, beyond the 'practical' preparation of the teaching track, the MA program helped me to grow as a thinker, reader, and writer, too."
Lacey Wootton-Don
MA ’01