Graduate Programs in English

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.

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If you have any questions about our program, or would like to arrange a visit, please contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Evan Radcliffe. The deadline to apply for admission with funding consideration is March 1. The deadline for admission without funding for the fall is August 1 and for the spring is December 1.  If you have missed a deadline, please contact Dr. Radcliffe to discuss your options.

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

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

The English department recognizes diversity as an imperative. Because diverse identities and ideas shape in complex ways the literary traditions we seek to understand and to teach, we cannot do justice to the texts we read without foregrounding diversity itself. We define diversity broadly, as the presence of difference among faculty and students and within course content, especially but not limited to race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, body style, age, ability, religious affiliation, and legal status.

Our approach builds upon the most influential developments in literary criticism in the last fifty years, which have featured a dramatic expansion of the literary canon beyond white male authors, the rise of multifaceted structures of analysis based upon evolving theories of identity and difference, and special attention to the history of subordinated subjects within national literatures. Diversity and its counterpart, inclusion, constitute an ethos and a set of principles that we can use to organize our teaching and our work with one another. Inclusion requires not merely that differences be present, but that we affirm those differences and oppose systems of oppression based on them. Rather than a goal to be achieved, we see diversity and inclusion as a process in which we must all be engaged. We can expect to make mistakes in our work to cultivate diversity, and we acknowledge that success requires us to remain committed to learning from each other and from our students. While we see demographic statistics—about our faculty, our students, and the authors and topics covered in our courses—as useful tools for measuring diversity, we also recognize that our commitment to diversity must go beyond them.

Contact Us

Villanova University
Department of English
St. Augustine Center
Room 402
800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Evan Radcliffe
Graduate Program Director
Phone: (610) 519-4648

Mike Malloy
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (610) 519-7826

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