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English Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 3 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020–21

  • Average Course Tuition

    $2,900

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Deepen your understanding of fiction, poetry, and drama while learning to analyze and interpret literary texts.

Hone your research and writing skills, and become a stronger reader and critical thinker.

What You'll Learn

Through the master’s degree in the field of English you build:

  • The ability to identify topics and develop questions that lead to meaningful scholarly inquiry.
  • An enhanced knowledge of the philosophical, historical, and cultural forces that shape literary works.
  • A deeper understanding of the work that literary scholars do.
  • The skills required for communicating your ideas and entering a critical conversation.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: English.

Your peers from the field of English work in a variety of writing, research, and communication-intensive industries, such as fundraising, publishing, advertising/marketing, and education (secondary and higher education).

  • 39

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 72%

    Working Full Time

  • 99%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 15 Years

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued For Personal Enrichment

Admission and Getting Started

Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.

To get started, you take the following three courses. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.

  • One English course
  • One English course or elective (e.g., EXPO 42a)
  • HUMA 100 Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Dramatic Arts, English, and Religion

Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and prepare to enroll in your first course.

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,000

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

Learning & Connection

Deep learning springs from human connection. That’s why we work so hard to bring people together — whether in a live virtual classroom or an in-person seminar on campus.

Our approach to online learning fosters interaction without sacrificing flexibility. Each week, you’ll engage with your instructor, participate in peer discussions, and receive one-on-one support from teaching staff—all from your home or office.

Online Learning at Harvard Extension School
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