Students entering with a BA will normally be evaluated and receive their MA after two years of classes.
Foreign Language Requirements
Students must demonstrate reading knowledge in two approved
foreign languages to receive a Ph.D. in English at Tufts.
Satisfaction of the Foreign Language Requirement must occur by the
end of the third year, and may be completed by examination, by
course, or any combination of the two.
Graduate students may satisfy the two language requirement by
passing a two-hour examination in each of two foreign languages.
Exams are coordinated through the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences and are offered in September, January and April each year.
Contact email@example.com to make arrangements for taking an exam.
Passing a course in "Reading Knowledge" will also be accepted as
fulfillment of one or both foreign languages. Tufts offers two such
courses, "French for Reading Knowledge" and "German for Reading
Knowledge," which are only available during Summer Session. Boston
University makes similar courses available to Tufts students during
the academic year. Students may also present appropriate evidence of
competence achieved in a foreign language in another graduate
During the semester after coursework is complete, students study for
and take a two-hour oral comprehensive examination. No standardized
list of texts is issued for this examination. Each student selects
six fields from those below for which they will generate a set of
works in consultation with faculty for the examination. One of the
six fields may be a "special topic," which students design in
collaboration with a member of the faculty.
- Old English Literature
- Medieval Literature
- Sixteenth-Century English Literature
- Seventeenth-Century British Literature
- Eighteenth-Century British Literature
- American Literature Before 1820
- Nineteenth-Century British Literature
- Nineteenth-Century American Literature
- Twentieth-Century British Literature or Twentieth-Century British
and Irish Literature
- Twentieth-Century American Literature
- Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Global Anglophone
Literature (other than British or North American)
- Twenty-First Century Transatlantic (British, Irish, and
- Literary-Critical Theory
- Special Topic