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MA English is a 2-year post graduate course in English language and literature. It is divided into any of semesters or years.The course covers English literary studies, theories, criticism and pedagogy, all in the form of theory.

Top Institutes providing this course are:

  • LSR, New Delhi
  • Loyola College, Chennai
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Miranda House, New Delhi
  • Hindu College, New Delhi

The minimum eligibility criterion required for the candidates is to possess a Bachelor’s degree in English or relevant discipline from a recognized university with a minimum aggregate score of 60%. Admission to MA English is done on the basis of entrance tests. However, some MA English colleges also provide direct admission based on merit.

The course is offered in India at an average annual fee ranging between INR 50,000 and 3 Lacs. The amount varies according to the different institute providing this course.

The average salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 3 and 8 Lacs, annually, depending on the candidate’s expertise and the reputation of the Institute of post-graduation.

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Job positions such as English Trainer, English Translator, Junior Parliamentary Reporter (English), English Teacher, English Faculty, Content Writer, Stenographer etc. are offered to such postgraduates.

Related MA English Courses are:

  • MA English Literature
  • MA English Language and Literature
  • MA Education

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MA English: Course Highlights 

Tabulated below are some major highlights of the course.

Name of the courseMaster of Arts in English
Course LevelPostgraduate
Duration2 years
Examination TypeSemester System/ Yearly
EligibilityGraduation degree in English with minimum 60% marks in aggregate
Admission ProcessEntrance exam based or merit based
Average Course FeeINR 50K to 3 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 3 to 8 Lacs
Area of WorkPublications, Colleges and Universities

Top Colleges for Master of Arts [MA] (English)

  • Master of Arts [MA] (English) in Tamil Nadu
  • Master of Arts [MA] (English) in Uttar Pradesh
  • Master of Arts [MA] (English) in Kerala
  • Master of Arts [MA] (English) in Maharashtra
  • Master of Arts [MA] (English) in Punjab

MA English: What is it about?

The course is a combination of modern and ancient English literature, consisting of three main areas of focus, i.e. Prose, Poetry, and Drama. The course includes literature by not just England writers, but from all over the world, such as Irish, Scottish, Polish, American, and Welsh. Cultural, political and historical contexts of English and linguistics are explored on an advanced level.

MA English course includes the study of Indian writings in English from early times to contemporary ones. It prepares students for teaching and creative English writing. MA English students also have scope to build their career in the field of journalism. 

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M.A English: Top Institutes 

Given below is a list of universities offering the course along with their locations, eligibility criteria, admission procedures and fees charged by them.

College NameLocationAverage Annual Fees
Lady Shriram CollegeNew DelhiINR 50 K
Stephen's CollegeNew DelhiINR 30 K
Christ UniversityBangaloreINR 50-60 K
Loyola CollegeChennaiINR 70 K
Fergusson CollegePuneINR 60 K
Xavier's College of Arts and CommerceMumbaiINR 50 K
K J Somaiya College of Arts and CommerceMumbaiINR 40-60 K
Symbiosis Society's College of Arts & CommercePuneINR 1.5 Lacs
Hans raj CollegeNew DelhiINR 30-50 k

MA English: Eligibility 

Mentioned below is the eligibility criteria for MA English required to be fulfilled by the candidates.

  • Graduation in English or any other related discipline
  • Minimum aggregate score of 60% at the level of graduation

MA English: Admission Process

Admission to the course is based on the merit obtained by the candidate at the level of graduation. A few colleges conduct their own entrance examinations followed by rounds of group discussion and personal interview.

MA English: Syllabus and Course Description

Mentioned below is a semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus.                                                                 

Semester 1Semester 2
Literature in English:1550 – 1660 (Part 1)Literature in English:1550 – 1660 (Part 2)
Literature in English: 1660 – 1798 (Part 1)Literature in English: 1660 – 1798 (Part 2)
Literature in English: 1798 – 1914 (Part 1)Literature in English: 1798 – 1914 (Part 2)
Literature in English: 1914 – 2000 (Part 1)Literature in English: 1914 – 2000 (Part 2)
Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 1)Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 2)
Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 1)Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 2)
Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 1)Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 2)
Semester 3Semester 4
Critical Theory (Part 1)Critical Theory (Part 2)
American Literature (Part 1)American Literature (Part 2)
Indian Writing in English (Part 1)Indian Writing in English (Part 2)
(Opt. I) Colonial and Post- Colonial Studies (Part 1) (Opt. II) English Language (Part 1)(Opt. I) Colonial and Post- Colonial Studies (Part 2) (Opt. II) English Language (Part 2)
(Opt. I) Literature and Philosophy (Part 1) (Opt. II) Literature and Gender (Part I) (Opt. III) New Literatures (Part 1)(Opt. I) Literature and Philosophy (Part 2) (Opt. II) Literature and Gender (Part 2) (Opt. III) New Literatures (Part 2)

Students are required to submit a thesis of more than 2000 words in the duration of their fourth or last semester.

M.A English: Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of Master of Arts in English, postgraduates may opt for Lecturership (Exams for lectureship: UGC-NET, all the State- level qualifying exams), Research in the discipline, Ph. D / M. Phil in the subject and Journalism.

The different areas of employment that can be explored by such postgraduates are:

  • Administration
  • Advertising Industry
  • Corporate Communications
  • Communication Industry
  • Indian Civil Services
  • Instructional Design
  • Journalism and Reporting
  • On-line Tutoring
  • Publication
  • Public Relation
  • Translation Agencies
  • Research

Listed here are some of the popular job positions offered to successful postgraduates of the discipline with the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered:

English translatorTo work with businesses, handle technical, legal and scientific written material including letters, reports, articles, books etc. Their work includes reading documents, writing and editing copies, preparing summaries.INR 4.5 Lacs
Content writerTo write a variety of unique material for websites, blogs, social media, online and newspaper/ magazine articles. They also assist marketing teams in development of engaging content that can be used in marketing or advertising campaignsINR 2.8 Lacs
English TeacherTo develop English language arts curriculum, working within the parameters of State and local requirements, and provide diagnostic feedbackINR 3.3 Lacs
EditorTo prepare, rewrite and edit copies to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work, read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.INR 3.5 Lacs
English proofreadingTo read copies and transcripts and ensure that there are no spelling, grammatical or typographical errors. They work for publishers, newspapers and other places that rely on perfect grammar in printingINR 2.1 Lacs
StenographerTo works in the courtroom and transcribe spoken words by typing them into a steno machine, a kind of shorthand typewriter. Fast and accurate typing skills are vital for the job.INR 2.68 Lacs

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