School of Humanities and Social Sciences
HSS is the cornerstone of St. Mary's liberal arts and Marianist education. With more than 20 disciplines to choose from, this is the largest school on campus.
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.
30 credit-hours, six thesis hours
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
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.
Joint Law Degree Option
The St. Mary’s School of Law and Graduate Studies offer a joint program of study leading to the degrees of Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Arts in English Literature and Language. The joint degree program allows a student to complete the requirements for both degrees in three to four years.
Admission to the joint program requires application to both Schools, although application to the Graduate Studies at St. Mary’s need not be made until the student begins law school. An acceptable LSAT score may be substituted for the GRE.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or visit www.stmarytx.edu/finaid.
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
To request more information about the Master of English Literature and Language program at St. Mary’s, complete the form below.
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