How is Villanova's M.A. Program Different?

How is our program different from other English M.A. programs?

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  • Our graduate classes are entirely dedicated to you as an M.A. student; you will find no undergraduates or Ph.D. candidates in our M.A. seminars.
  • Our classes are all true seminars, capped at 15 students.
  • You are provided with opportunities to teach undergraduates, but you are not required to teach classes in order to receive funding.
  • You will not be required to pass a language exam or study a foreign language.
  • Villanova is located in a metropolitan area that is home to more than 80 colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, offering you a dynamic social and intellectual climate.
  • Generous funding is available to support conference travel.
  • The Villanova Irish Studies Program offers you the options of a unique summer internship or immersive coursework at the historic Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
  • Summer research grants encourage you to pursue archival research and other innovative research activities.
  • You may explore a career related to the M.A. in English through the 3-credit Professional Research Option (PRO), which affords you the opportunity to perform in-depth research and detailed analysis regarding how the skills you have developed in the program can serve you in a particular career.
  • As part of our commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, you are permitted to take two courses in other graduate programs at the university as part of your M.A. in English.
  • Our M.A. can be supplemented by Villanova graduate certificates in Communication, Education, and/or Gender and Women’s Studies.
  • The peer-reviewed Villanova graduate research journal, CONCEPT, provides you with opportunities for publication and editorial experience.