MA in English


BRAC University MA in English program has two concentrations: a) Literature and b) ELT and Applied Linguistics. The program is based on the conviction that students will benefit from an in-depth study of many aspects of English language and literature.

Features of the Program

The MA in English (Literature) offers the students an opportunity to engage with key debates in the rapidly changing discipline of literary studies. It aims to develop skills in criticism and textual scholarship, to broaden the range of reading, and to foster greater awareness of contemporary theoretical issues . Students are introduced to literary and cultural theories  with  a unique focus by exposing   them  to current topics and debates in the literary field.

The MA in English (ELT & Applied Linguistics) aims to develop students' specialized knowledge, skills and understanding in the field of English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, enabling them to enhance their practical professional development and expertise, and engage in relevant research. Courses on linguistic theories and research with practical components are offered. The program takes on board new developments in language teaching, and courses, such as Computer Assisted Language Learning and an examination of English as a World Language.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum sixteen years of education

  • Applicants should have a BA in English

No third division/class or CGPA 2.50 below at any level of education

Admission Test
  • All candidates are required to appear in the Admission Test.
  • All BRACU graduates having a CGPA 3.00 or above are exempted from the written admission test.*
Fields for Exemption from Test**:

Applicants of MA ENG will get exemption from the written test if they have the following GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS scores :

Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
Earlier/Old GRE: 450 verbal/550 analytical/650 quantitative
Revised GRE: 300 total for combined Verbal and Quantitative scores
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT):
560 total for combined scores
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
580 (Paper-based test) or 240 (Computer based test) or 94 (Internet based test - iBT)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
Overall band score of 7.0, with sub scores of 6.0 each

[GRE/GMAT scores are considered valid for 5 (five) years and IELTS/TOEFL for 2 (two) years after the test date]

* & ** Appearing in the interview is mandatory for these applicants.

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