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English, M.A. (Madrid)

The master’s degree in English at SLU-Madrid provides students with a singular opportunity to pursue an American graduate degree in Spain. The program is designed for holders of a bachelor of arts/licenciatura in English or a related field, high school teachers, literary scholars, translators and others who want to further their literary studies in English.

English, M.A. at SLU-Madrid

M.A. in English

Saint Louis University’s individualized course of study allows students to select 10 graduate seminars focusing on the traditional periods and genres of literature in English, literary theory, linguistics, the teaching of writing and translation. Specialized seminars reflect faculty interests and areas of expertise, incorporating innovative approaches that emerge from studying English in a European context.

Since enrollment is limited to 20, you’ll receive specialized attention in your scholarly training and research. In addition, you’ll have ample opportunities to acquire experience and mentoring in the teaching of writing in the multicultural classroom. You may also elect to complete the Certificate in University Teaching Skills (CUTS), offered at SLU-Madrid through SLU’s Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence.

At SLU-Madrid, students become active members of the international community of writers and scholars present on campus each year. Qualified students may enroll in the M.A. in Spanish program concurrently. To enhance their international experience, M.A. in English students are invited to attend foreign language classes free of charge.

Highlighted Courses

Degree candidates must complete 10 seminars (three credit hours each) and take a one-hour oral examination on a reading list of primary and secondary works that changes yearly. Seminars meet in the afternoons and evenings. Students may earn either the Master of Arts (Non-research) or the Master of Arts (Research) degrees.

The research degree requires a master's thesis. Degree candidates interested in writing a master's thesis (worth six credit hours) or master's essay (worth three credit hours) must register for ENGL 5990: Master's Thesis Research for two quarters or ENGL 5980: Graduate Reading Course for one, respectively. All students are required to enroll in ENGL 5000: Methods of Literary Research.

Students may substitute the master’s thesis for six hours of coursework. Under this option students consult with the director to select a topic. A board consisting of the director and two other faculty members will read the completed work. In addition to the assessments they receive on the thesis, students will then be examined orally both on the thesis and on the general M.A. reading list.

Students must take at least three courses with Saint Louis University's St. Louis campus faculty, either in Madrid or St. Louis. Two of these seminars must be taken at the St. Louis campus, either during a six-week summer session or during the academic year. Non-U.S. citizens will need a visa to study in St. Louis.

Students may also apply to transfer up to six credits of graduate-level English courses completed at other degree-granting graduate programs. Courses must have been completed in the last five years and have received a grade of at least a B (3.0). Applications are reviewed by the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information on credit transfer, contact Jaime Ortiz at

Internships and Careers

Many of our graduates pursue doctoral degrees in English or other fields. The majority go on to careers as English instructors.

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40 percent lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
Scholarships and Financial Aid


Applications for admission to the master’s program in English are reviewed by a faculty committee. Candidates are evaluated for evidence of preparation for advanced study of literature and the likelihood of academic success.

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Arts in English degree or equivalent with an excellent academic record.

Other required application materials include:

  • Online application form
  • Undergraduate academic transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic and professional experience and potential
  • Your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • A statement of purpose of 500 to 750 words that addresses your intellectual and professional goals
  • A CV
  • A writing sample (academic writing that demonstrates potential for advanced literary study; minimum 10 to 12 pages).
  • $55 USD, payable online. Make sure you select the "SLU-Madrid" program at the top of the page.

All materials, except transcripts and GRE scores, must be uploaded to the system according to the instructions in the online application form. Send transcripts via mail to:

Saint Louis University
Graduate Admission
221 N. Grand Blvd., Suite 150
St. Louis, MO 63103

For more information about our M.A. programs, contact or Anne Dewey, interim director of the Department of English, at

The deadlines for admission are:

  • Fall semester: rolling admissions until May 31; priority deadline for assistantship and scholarship applications: March 1
  • Spring semester: rolling admissions until Oct. 31; priority deadline for assistantship and scholarship applications: Sept. 1

If you are a non-European Union student, keep in mind that acquiring a student visa can take two to three months and the process can begin only after you have been admitted and have confirmed your acceptance.

If you are a U.S. student, you may be asked to present a FBI background check to apply for a long-stay visa. You are responsible for obtaining this background check. Make sure you order it at least four months before you plan to arrive to Madrid or you will not get your visa on time. If you are a U.S. visiting student and plan to be in Madrid for only one semester or during the summer session, you don’t need a long-stay visa nor the FBI background check.


Work with Scholars Around the World

Each spring, the graduate English students at SLU-Madrid host an international conference, inviting speakers from across Europe and around the world. This multi-day event includes a keynote speaker, panel discussions and networking receptions.