Guidelines for Graduate Students in English: Literature Option


The Literature option within the English MA Program provides students with the opportunity to study a wide array of texts and authors from a range of historical periods and geographic and cultural milieus. Consisting of ten courses (30 units), the program provides a set of core courses to facilitate graduate-level skills and methodologies (ENGL 601, ENGL 604, ENGL 638), and then offers the flexibility for students to pursue as broad or as specific a program of study as they wish.  The English-Literature MA option prepares students to teach at the high school or college level, to apply for PhD programs, or to pursue a range of other career and professional opportunities.



Recent PhD and other graduate placement for English - Literature MA students

Cesar Soto, 2011 - Notre Dame

Christene D'Anca, 2013 - UCSB

Norma Aceves, 2014 - University of Florida

Nina Moon Ahn, 2014 - Northwestern University

Melissa Filbeck, 2014 - Texas A&M

Stephanie Harper, 2014 - UCLA MLIS Program

Hannah Jorgenson, 2014 - University of Minnesota

Yollotl Lopez, 2014 - New York University

Arpi Movsesian, 2014 - University of California, Santa Barbara

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Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars


Cesar Soto read more on Cesar's success!


Arthur Case

Norma Perez


Norma Aceves A note from Norma


Lorie Hamalian

Yollotl Lopez

Rolando Rubalcava


Nazanin Keynejad



Students who have BA degrees from non-English speaking universities must have at least 24 units of upper-division English courses from an accredited English-speaking university. 

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Students with international school records are required to submit official academic documents in their original language of issue, along with an official English translation. Transfer students from U.S. institutions should request that official transcripts be mailed directly to the CSUN International Admissions office

For the English proficiency tests and minimum scores accepted by CSUN, see the International Admissions website