Department of English Language and Literature Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fordham University

Department of English Language and Literature Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fordham University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 4
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Fordham University's Master in English Literature and Writing and Ph.D. in English Prepare Graduates for Many Careers

Located at Fordham University's historic Bronx Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses, the Department of English offers three graduate degrees: Master of Arts degree in English, Master of Arts degree in English with a Writing Concentration (M.A./with W.C.), and a fully-funded Ph.D. degree in English.

A perfect blend of scholarship and practical workshops, the graduate paths in English literature and writing prepare students to become successful teachers and scholars. An M.A. degree in English also serves as a stepping stone for a variety of careers such as publishing, editing, professional writing, media, law, and business. Since many graduate students work full-time, the Department of English offers full-time and part-time degrees with evening/weekend classes.

At Fordham, English is a core part of the university's intellectual life, and the importance of English is evident in the caliber of the English graduate department's curriculum, faculty, and students. Literature and writing are the foundations that create an exceptional English masters program.

Comprehensive Graduate English Curriculum

Literature studies and writing workshops are at the heart of Fordham's acclaimed English graduate program. The English master's curriculum includes courses in all major periods of English literature up to the present, English composition, and writing. Coursework is enhanced with helpful dissertation workshops, graduate teaching preparation, and a pedagogy practicum.

Students enjoy stimulating interactions with the university's writers-in-residence, visiting professors, and professional writers. An appreciation of poetry is fostered at the university's Poetry-in-the-Round Series and with readings by famous national and international writers presented by Poets Out Loud, an affiliated campus organization in New York.

Master's in English Literature Covers All Major Periods of English Literature

The faculty of Fordham's master's in English literature program consists of widely published, prize-winning scholars who share a commitment to rigorous and imaginative teaching, research, and criticism. The graduate faculty of approximately 40 professors features scholars of all major English literature periods from Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman to Postcolonial and Postmodern.

Students in the master's program cover a wide range of literature and genres, while Ph.D. students specialize in a specific historical period or genre. The graduate English department encourages students to take comparative or interdisciplinary courses such as "Medieval Travel Narrative," a fascinating course taught by the Center for Medieval Studies.

The curriculum for a master's degree in English literature includes courses like: "The Radical 1790s," a fascinating study of the radical writings and democratic stirrings in England in the wake of the French Revolution; "The American Bestseller: 1870-1940," a look at how novels both register and shape public attitudes toward the world; "The Medieval Travel Narrative," a study of how the Crusades inspired future generations of English and western European poets and chroniclers; "Sex, Commerce, and Politics in Early Modern Literature," an exploration of the meanings and uses of the erotic in Renaissance literature and culture; and "Re-forming Shakespeare: Evaluating New Formalisms," an exploration of the potentialities and problems of new formalism and how the movement(s) can contribute to Shakespearean studies.

Master of Arts in English with Writing Concentration

In addition to courses covering historical periods of American and English literature, Fordham University's MA in English with a Writing Concentration features courses and workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, and genre writing.

Sample courses in the curriculum for the Master of Arts in English with Writing Concentration degree include: "Poems of the Pearl Manuscript," a study of four important medieval poems in a unique, historic manuscript originally written in Middle English; "The Arc of the Novel," an exploration of the different aspects of fiction writing by selected readings and by their own fiction writings; "Experimentation in Poetry," a writing workshop that studies several avant-garde poetry movements; and a dissertation writing seminar, open to all graduate students.

Students choosing the writing concentration take 10 graduate English courses including four courses in historical periods of literature and five courses in creative or expository writing. The tenth course is the Capstone Writing Project which the candidate develops personally with his faculty mentor.

An Independent University in the Jesuit Tradition

Historic Fordham University is an independent university in the Jesuit tradition with its original Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, and three additional campuses in Manhattan's Lincoln Center, Westchester, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, NY. The historic university has approximately 14,700 students in four undergraduate colleges and six graduate and professional schools. Guided by its Catholic and Jesuit heritage, Fordham University fosters the intellectual, moral, and religious development of students and prepares them for leadership roles in a global society.

Location & Contact

Department of English Language and Literature

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Fordham University

441 East Fordham Road
New York, NY 10458
United States

Dr. Edward Cahill

Director, Graduate Studies

Phone: 718-817-4017
Fax: 718-817-4010

Ms. Bernadette Valentino-Morrison

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-817-4419
Fax: 718-817-3566

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • English Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 28
    • Doctoral Degrees 10
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 1
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


57% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 126
    • Accepted 73
    • Acceptance Rate 57
    • Enrolled 14
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $70
    • Application Fee - International $70
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 4th Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 650 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 4
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students94
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students94
    • Part-time Percentage22%
    • Full-time Percentage78%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian77%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown15%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty37
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNineteenth century British and American literature, Shakespeare and early modern drama, Aesthetic Theory, Old Norse, poetics of race and gender, Anglo-Norman
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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