Master of Arts in Literature


The graduate program in literature brings together scholars, creative writers and translators who share a commitment to transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to literary study and practice. The MA in Literature provides students with a flexible context in which to pursue research across a wide range of literary traditions, critical approaches and theoretical debates. In addition to coursework in literary studies, students have the opportunity to participate in creative writing and/or literary translation workshops as well as seminars in other disciplines, such as film studies, the history of ideas, philosophy and the visual and performing arts.

Students pursuing the MA in Literature will choose between the professional option (coursework only) and the research option (coursework plus a portfolio). Students who choose the research option may, If their coursework supports it, submit a translation or creative writing project as part of their portfolio.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: writer, editor, publisher, administrator, translator and critic. Career settings may include higher education, non-profits, cultural and historical organizations, publishing houses, government agencies, international development organizations, museums and archives, business/corporate entities and independent consulting.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: The minimum requirement for admission to any master's degree program at UT Dallas is an earned UT Dallas baccalaureate degree or its equivalent with a grade average of B or better in upper-division (junior and senior level) work in the student's major field and related fields.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.