Graduate Program

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, current MA student, Clare Reid (G’21) reflects on how Things Are Different Now: A Graphic Essay (new window)


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.

We invite prospective students to contact the Program Manager (PM) if you need more information about the program than what our website provides. If necessary, they will pass your inquiry on to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). Students considering visiting the Georgetown campus before or after applying to the program should make every effort to schedule their visit in advance with the PM, who can make additional appointments with the DGS and/or other program faculty.

Other program features include:

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

Interdisciplinary Variety
The seminars offered each year reflect the faculty’s broad interests but also allow students to develop sub-fields of study in several areas based on the courses being offered in any given year; these may include 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.

Writing Pedagogy
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.

Director of Graduate Studies: Professor Kathryn Temple

Please note: If you are awarded the Truman Scholarship, Georgetown University will provide a match of up to $30,000 to cover cost-of-education expenses, e.g. tuition and related fees, living expenses, textbooks, etc.