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 option of immersive coursework at the historic Abbey Theatre in Dublin and the Lir, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art.
  • 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.

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