Master's Program in English
Search out the wisdom of the poets.
The master's program in English emphasizes literary criticism understood as elucidation
of individual works and development of standards of judgment. The atmosphere of study
is set by the understanding that poetry offers reliable access to a wisdom, which,
although perhaps distinct from philosophy, is comparable to philosophy in its breadth
Intended for those who wish to pursue the advanced study of literature in English
within the context of the Western tradition of culture and thought, students tailor a curriculum to gain excellent preparation for a career in teaching, higher
education, journalism, law or business. It is also an excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue a doctorate at any university, in any number of programs
in the humanities.
The goal of the program is to develop and perfect a student's capacities for sophisticated
and independent thinking about literature, through which one can reach wisdom about
the human condition. Therefore, it is focused on the humanities, broadly understood, as this combination allows students to achieve an
unusual depth and breadth of understanding. Students are encouraged to integrate their
literary studies with the integrated and overlapping traditions of philosophy, politics,
An undergraduate degree in English is not prerequisite for entrance. The master's
program is designed for those interested in deepening their knowledge and competence
in the analysis of and the writing about literature and students who want to increase
their knowledge of the English literary tradition and the philosophy and theory of
Ready to take the next step?
Explore the Degree Requirements.
Reach out to the Braniff Graduate Office online or give us a call at 972-721-5106. We're happy to answer any questions you might
have about studying at the University of Dallas.