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2021 Most Popular English Language & Literature Master's Degree Schools

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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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Most Popular English Language & Literature Master's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 529 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the English Language & Literature program at each school on the list.

Check out the English language and literature master's degree programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our 2021 rankings named Southern New Hampshire University the most popular school in the United States for English language and literature students working on their master’s degree. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Women make up 78% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Columbia University in the City of New York is a great place for English language and literature students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Women make up 59% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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#3

New York University

New York, NY

Out of the 529 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, New York University landed the # 3 spot on the list. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

Of the 144 students majoring in English language and literature at NYU, 38% are male and 62% are female.

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#4

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

The in-demand master’s degree programs at Full Sail University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular English language and literature schools in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Winter Park, Full Sail University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

About 55% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 45% are male.

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#5

The New School

New York, NY

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The New School. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. New School University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

Of the 100 students majoring in English language and literature at New School University, 35% are male and 65% are female.

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#6

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Lindenwood University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree English language and literature programs. Lindenwood University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Charles.

About 68% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 32% are male.

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Vermont College of Fine Arts landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the town of Montpelier, VCFA is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Of the 94 students majoring in English language and literature at VCFA, 14% are male and 86% are female.

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With a ranking of #8, Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for English language and literature students working on their master’s degree. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

Women make up 80% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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#9

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

With a ranking of #9, San Francisco State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for English language and literature students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of San Francisco, SFSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 71% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 29% are male.

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#10

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

About 67% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 33% are male.

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#11

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Middlebury, Middlebury is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

About 66% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 34% are male.

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#12

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public school with a very large student population.

About 52% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 48% are male.

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#13

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville, NY

Sarah Lawrence College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Sarah Lawrence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Bronxville.

Women make up 72% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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Queens University of Charlotte did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for English language and literature students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the city of Charlotte, Queens is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 64 students majoring in English language and literature at Queens, 27% are male and 73% are female.

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#15

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Of the 63 students majoring in English language and literature at Johns Hopkins, 24% are male and 76% are female.

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#16

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the city of Flagstaff, NAU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 76% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 24% are male.

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#17

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a very large student population.

Of the 61 students majoring in English language and literature at GMU, 34% are male and 66% are female.

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#18

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Hamline is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

About 70% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 30% are male.

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With a ranking of #19, University of California - Riverside did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for English language and literature students working on their master’s degree. UCR is a very large public school located in the city of Riverside.

Of the 51 students majoring in English language and literature at UCR, 31% are male and 69% are female.

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#20

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public school with a very large student population.

About 62% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 38% are male.

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North Carolina State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for English language and literature students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Raleigh.

About 68% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 32% are male.

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With a ranking of #22, Miami University - Oxford did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for English language and literature students working on their master’s degree. Miami University - Oxford is a large public school located in the town of Oxford.

About 65% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 35% are male.

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#23

Emerson College

Boston, MA

Emerson College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the large city of Boston, Emerson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 47 students majoring in English language and literature at Emerson, 40% are male and 60% are female.

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#24

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

With a ranking of #24, DePaul University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for English language and literature students working on their master’s degree. DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

Of the 44 students majoring in English language and literature at DePaul, 27% are male and 73% are female.

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California State University - Long Beach ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools list. CSULB is a very large public school located in the city of Long Beach.

Of the 44 students majoring in English language and literature at CSULB, 25% are male and 75% are female.

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#27

Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, NC
#27

University of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA
#32

Chatham University

Pittsburgh, PA
#32

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
#32

Boston University

Boston, MA
#35

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA
#35

Spalding University

Louisville, KY
#35

Goddard College

Plainfield, VT
#35

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#39

Bennington College

Bennington, VT
#41

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY
#41

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#44

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR
#44

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Most Popular English Language & Literature Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 529 different United States English language and literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
49 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
52 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
52 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
52 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
55 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
55 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
55 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA
55 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
55 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
55 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
61 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
62 Seton Hill University Greensburg, PA
62 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
62 The University of Montana Missoula, MT
65 University of Denver Denver, CO
65 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
65 Mills College Oakland, CA
65 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
65 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
65 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
65 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
65 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
65 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
65 Simmons University Boston, MA
75 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
75 Columbia College Chicago Chicago, IL
75 California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA
75 University of North Texas Denton, TX
75 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for English Language & Literature students that almost earned our Most Popular English Language & Literature Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
80 Portland State University Portland, OR
80 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
80 Hollins University Roanoke, VA
80 Hunter College New York, NY
80 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
85 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
85 Chapman University Orange, CA
85 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
88 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
88 The City College of New York New York, NY
88 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
88 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
88 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
88 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
88 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
88 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
88 Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, MD
97 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
97 Georgetown University Washington, DC
97 Boise State University Boise, ID
97 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
97 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
102 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
102 McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA
102 Arcadia University Glenside, PA
102 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
102 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
102 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
102 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
102 Yale University New Haven, CT
102 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX

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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