Graduate Program

The English M.A. program at Georgetown is dynamic, innovative, and committed to offering students a breadth of choice and a variety of opportunities for scholarly and professional specialization and development. We welcome applications from students intending to pursue a Ph.D. elsewhere after completing an M.A. at Georgetown, as we do from those aspiring to careers in writing, editing, teaching, and many other fields requiring advanced skills in written communication, critical analysis, and research.

All graduate classes are seminars with an enrollment maximum of 18. Close student-faculty contact is a hallmark of the program.


The twenty seminars offered each year reflect the faculty's broad interests but also allow students to design programs of study in several areas of concentration, including Medieval Studies, the Early Modern period, British and Trans-Atlantic 18th-Century Studies, Romanticism, British and American 19th-Century Studies, Critical Theory, and Irish and other Anglophone World literatures, as well as in a variety of emerging interdisciplinary fields, including: cultural studies; ethnic, race and post-colonial studies; gender and sexuality studies; and performance, film and media studies.


In addition, the program boasts a strong commitment to training students in the teaching of writing through a combination of coursework, direct individual and group mentoring from the Writing Program and other faculty, and hands-on, practical experience in apprentice-teaching and peer-tutoring settings.


We have an excellent and consistent record of placing our graduates in top Ph.D. programs, including Duke, the University of Virginia, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Southern California, New York University, Yale, Emory, Stanford, McGill and The Ohio State University. 


We invite prospective students to contact the Academic Administrator, Ms. Jessica Marr, if they need more information about the program than what our website provides. If necessary, she will pass your inquiry on to Professor Pamela Fox, the Director of Graduate Studies.

Students considering visiting the Georgetown campus before or after applying to the program should make every effort to schedule their visit in advance with Jessica, who can make additional appointments with the DGS or other program faculty.