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About the program

Across the globe, approximately two billion people use English, either as a native, secondary or tertiary language. Students who can read, write and speak English effectively possess a distinct advantage for success in our globalized economy. The Master of Arts in English Literature and Language at St. Mary’s University prepares students for such success. Designed to meet the demands of a variety of professional goals, the program challenges students to engage the literary and language questions that shape our world.

The literature component offers the opportunity to engage the literary traditions of the Americas, as well as the British and Irish canons, within a global, critical perspective.

The language component provides groundwork in linguistics, including the history of the English language, syntax and discourse analysis.

Program of Study

Students may elect a 36-credit-hour thesis or non-thesis option. Those who intend to pursue doctoral-level studies typically choose the thesis degree option.

Thesis option:
30 credit-hours, six thesis hours

Non-thesis option:
33 credit-hours, three project hours

Courses and Degree Plan

Students can pursue one of the following degree options:
View the Master of Arts in English Literature and Language Requirements and Degree Plan

View the Combined Degree Plan for Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English Literature and Language

Combined Degree Option

Qualified undergraduate students may commence a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature prior to the completion of their Bachelor’s degree. This program allows a student to complete the requirements for both degrees in five years.

Career Opportunities

A master’s degree in English Literature and Language prepares students for an array of career opportunities. In addition to the traditional educational tracks (higher and secondary education), this degree provides expertise in writing, analysis, communication and literary studies, that enables students to pursue careers in management, public relations, journalism, editing and publishing, corporate leadership, project coordination, business, law, counseling and creative writing.

Internships and graduate assistantships are available.

Financial Aid

St. Mary’s offers various scholarships, grants and assistantships to graduate students. Military, their dependents and Department of Defense employees may be eligible for a tuition discount. Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 210-436-3141 or for additional information or visit

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • 24 prerequisite undergraduate credit hours in English
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Satisfactory scores on the GRE or GMAT
  • Students may also satisfy undergraduate prerequisites while taking graduate courses

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