Graduate Programs in English

In a 2014 survey of our graduate students, more than 90% said they would definitely attend our program again.

The Department of English offers a Master’s degree in English Literature, a Post Master's Certificate, and a Master's degree in English with a Certificate in Communication.  Villanova has been granting the M.A. in English for more than fifty years.  We wed that sense of history with a cutting-edge awareness of the vitality of English as a global discipline.  In our program, you will be introduced to both the deepest traditions of literature and the most current approaches to and applications of literary study.  You will also find highly innovative curricular opportunities to explore non-Ph.D. track career options.

Are you curious about our program, but not ready to commit to pursuing an M.A?  We welcome you to apply as a "non-matriculated student."  This option permits you to take two classes with a simple, streamlined application process.  For more information about applying to become a non-matriculated student, click here.

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We are located on the fourth floor of the St. Augustine Center. If you have any questions about our program, or would like to arrange a visit, please contact Dr. Heather Hicks, Director of the Graduate Program, at (610) 519-4645 or at You may also click here to request additional information.  The deadline for admission for the fall is March 1 and for the spring is November 15.  If you have missed a deadline, please contact Dr. Hicks to discuss your options.

For the latest news from the Graduate English Program, see The Yawp, our official blog.