Masters Program

The English Department offers a robust and challenging Master’s Program in Literature.

***The deadline to apply for Fall admission is January 15.***

The M.A. degree serves students who want to study beyond the B.A. but who do not plan or are not yet ready to pursue a Ph.D. Our program offers historical coverage in British, American, and other Anglophone literary, film, and folklore traditions, a wide range of theoretical approaches, a vital and accessible faculty, and a highly regarded composition program. Working toward the master’s degree is an excellent way to develop critical prose writing skills; to build on knowledge of literature, theory, film, and folklore; and to take advantage of our teacher training program.


  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50 (B+) or, if the student has 12 or more credits of graduate work in English, a 3.50 or better graduate GPA.
  • For foreign applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a minimum score of 100 on the IBT TOEFL exam, or a minimum score of 8 on the IELTS.
  • We admit for fall term only; the application deadline is January 15.

The completed file is reviewed by the department’s Graduate Admissions Committee. Admissions may be conditional.

Transfer credit: Students who enroll in the M.A. program after doing graduate work elsewhere may transfer up to three quarter courses in English and American literature or related areas. The number and appropriateness of courses for which credit is given will be determined by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with each transfer student.

The English Department also accepts transfer work toward the M.A. language requirement for comparable work done within seven years. To be considered for transfer credit, a course must have received a grade of B or better and have been completed no more than seven years before the M.A. is completed at the University of Oregon.


  • English 690, Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Two (2) courses, one each from two ranges of three chronological areas
  • NINE (9) additional seminars (altogether, the equivalent of two courses per quarter for two years.)
  • Reading knowledge of a foreign language.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50.
  • Residency requirement of nine approved graduate seminars taken in the University of Oregon Department of English.