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2021 Best Value English Language & Literature Master's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

336 Colleges
$11,265 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$36,463 Avg Salary

Finding the Best English Language & Literature Master's Degree School for You

English Language & Literature is the #20 most popular major in the country with 59,299 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Best Value English Language & Literature Master's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 336 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value master's degree programs for English language and literature students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the English language and literature master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in English Language & Literature

Our analysis found Columbia College Chicago to be the best value school for English language and literature students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Columbia is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

Columbia graduate students pay an average of $2,320 in tuition and fees each year.

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#2

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Westfield State University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. Westfield is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Westfield.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Westfield are $6,498 a year.

Westfield excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list.

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The excellent master’s degree programs at Minnesota State University - Mankato helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best value English language and literature schools in the United States. Minnesota State Mankato is a large public school located in the city of Mankato.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Minnesota State Mankato are $8,474 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Minnesota State Mankato also is in the top 20% of our Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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The excellent master’s degree programs at Arizona State University - Skysong helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best value English language and literature schools in the United States. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at ASU - Skysong are $6,592 a year.

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#5

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Fitchburg State University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Fitchburg State graduate students pay an average of $5,742 in tuition and fees each year.

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#6

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

Worcester State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for English language and literature students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of Worcester, Worcester State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Worcester State are $5,796 per year.

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Brigham Young University - Provo ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo.

BYU graduate students pay an average of $7,290 in tuition and fees each year.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at SIUE are $9,176 a year.

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West Texas A&M University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools ranking. West Texas A&M University is a medium-sized public school located in the fringe town of Canyon.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at West Texas A&M University are $7,727 a year.

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Illinois State University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Illinois State are $11,030 a year.

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Salem State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Salem, Salem State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Salem State graduate students pay an average of $10,175 in tuition and fees each year.

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#12

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for English language and literature students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Hamline is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Hamline are $9,596 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Hamline also did well on our Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#13

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

With a ranking of #13, Xavier University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for English language and literature students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Xavier graduate students pay an average of $12,076 in tuition and fees each year.

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Northern Illinois University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at NIU are $11,280 per year.

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#15

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

Bridgewater State University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the suburb of Bridgewater, Bridgewater State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Bridgewater State graduate students pay an average of $11,397 in tuition and fees each year.

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#16

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. Fairfield U is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Fairfield U are $18,890 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Fairfield U also did well on our Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#17

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

With a ranking of #17, Villanova University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for English language and literature students working on their master’s degree. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Villanova.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Villanova are $20,606 per year.

Villanova excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list.

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Texas Woman’s University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Denton, TWU is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at TWU are $15,093 a year.

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University of Houston - Clear Lake ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. UH Clear Lake is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Houston.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at UH Clear Lake are $18,982 per year.

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Missouri State University - Springfield ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. Missouri State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Springfield.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Missouri State are $11,524 per year.

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#21

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

With a ranking of #21, Texas Tech University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for English language and literature students working on their master’s degree. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Texas Tech are $15,651 per year.

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#22

Winona State University

Winona, MN

Winona State University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. Winona State is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Winona.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Winona State are $12,030 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Winona State is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list.

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Western Illinois University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools ranking. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Macomb.

WIU graduate students pay an average of $11,803 in tuition and fees each year.

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#23

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

With a ranking of #23, University of Dayton did quite well on this year’s best value schools for English language and literature students working on their master’s degree. UDayton is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Dayton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at UDayton are $17,240 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, UDayton is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list.

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Governors State University

University Park, IL

Governors State University landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree English language and literature programs. GSU is a small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

GSU graduate students pay an average of $14,636 in tuition and fees each year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value English Language & Literature Master's Degree Schools

#26

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
#27

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#28

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN
#30

National University

La Jolla, CA
#31

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
#34

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH
#35

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#35

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#39

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ
#41

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#42

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX
#44

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, NY
#45

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
#47

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#48

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Value English Language & Literature Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 336 different United States English language and literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
50 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
50 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value English Language & Literature Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
54 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
55 St. Mary’s University San Antonio, TX
56 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
57 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
57 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK
59 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
60 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
60 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
62 Clemson University Clemson, SC
62 Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX
62 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
62 Towson University Towson, MD
66 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
67 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR

English Language & Literature by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 42,666
Writing Studies 14,629
English Literature (Other) 1,163
Literature 841

Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 547,539
Visual & Performing Arts 153,295
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 34,386
Theology & Religious Vocations 32,172
Philosophy & Religious Studies 16,252

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mike Hazard.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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