Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

MA in English - Current Students

Program of Courses

For the MA degree you are required to take:

  • English 400 (Introduction to Literary Study)
  • At least three courses in English and American literature (at least one course in Medieval through 18th-century literature, and one course in 19th- or 20th-century literature)
  • At least one course in literary criticism and theory

For those focusing on teaching:

  • English 402 (Teaching College Composition)
  • English 404 (Pedagogy: Theory and Practice), or 403 (Advanced Composition)
  • One elective in literature
  • Non-credit internship

For all others:

  • At least one course in textual studies or digital humanities
  • Two electives, one in literature, the other open

If you are required to take certain undergraduate courses as a condition of admission, they have priority over all other program requirements. Undergraduate courses (those on the 300-level) cannot satisfy the distribution requirements outlined above (for example, English 340, Victorian Literature, cannot fill the post-1800 requirement but it can be an elective in literature), and only one undergraduate course may count toward the MA.

The MA Examination

All students will take a four-hour written examination at the end of their course work. The exam is given during the last week of second summer term in August, or the first day of exam week in December or May.

MA Examination Documents

MA Exam Directions 2013

MA Exam Grading 2013