MA in Literature


MA in Literature


General Objective:

The MA in Lliterature program is designed to produce qualified professional teachers of literature, literary critics and creative writers. 

Specific Objectives:

The specific objectives of master’s program in Literature are to produce:

  • professionals with theoretical knowledge and skills in literary criticism
  • professionals skilled in research and, independent researchers of literature.
  • professionals with high literary competence and critical skills in syllabus design and material development for the teaching of literature.
  • qualified professionals who provide consultancy services on literary education.
  • creative writers  in various literary genres
  • professionals sensitive to societal problems working in collaboration with other professionals of various fields via Developmental Team Training Program (DTTP).

Entry Requirements

The applicants for Master of Arts in Literature are supposed to fulfill the following criteria.

  • Need to have completed academic requirements for BA or B. Ed in teaching English or BA in English non-teaching including English minors, linguistics, and literature fields from accredited higher learning institutions. Moreover, applicants with Bachelor’s degree in educational psychology, curriculum and pedagogical science with minor in English or from English background can apply for the program.
  • Should possess a grade point average of 2.00 and above in the undergraduate program.
  • Applicants would be admitted based on approval of the Department Graduate Committee (DGC), Academic Commission (AC) and the University legislation.
  • Must submit acceptable official transcripts from the college or university where they obtained their BA or B. Ed degree.
  • Must achieve satisfactory performance in an entrance examination administered as part of the applicants' screening process as determined by DGC.
  • Should be supported by two or three confidential letters of recommendations from their undergraduate instructors, employers or professional associations.
  • Must fulfill other requirements set by the university.

Applicants may be organization-sponsored or self-sponsored. Both organization and self-sponsored applicants will pay fee for education and research based on the University (JU) laws.

Graduate Profile

After completing the program successfully, the graduates are expected to:

  • conduct a professional literary criticism of various national and international works using the theoretical knowledge they acquired in their training
  • conduct independent scientific research in the areas of literature, literary education and culture.
  • design syllabus, write teaching materials for the teaching of literature and teach language and literature
  • edit essays, journals and make a critical evaluations of lietrary materials.
  • provide consultancy services on matters related to literary education and literary production.
  • produce creative works in various literary genres
  • contribute to the alleviation of societal problems working in collaboration with other professionals of various fields drawing on skills acquired through Developmental Team Training Program (DTTP).

Graduation Requirement

The MA in Literature is awarded on the basis of:

  • completion of required course of study with a minimum grade point average of 3.00,
  • successful completion of 35 credit units of work including thesis;
  • a thesis approved by board of examiners (internal and external) and awarded a minimum of satisfactory grade and
  • presenting and attending non-credited seminars through the program.

Degree nomenclature

"Master of Arts in Literature”

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