Applying for an MA in English Literature

How to Apply to our MA Programs in Literature

If you wish to apply to an MA program, here is what you should do:

First, read about our different MA programs in literature, including the degrees in English with a focus on creative writing and literary translation.

After choosing which program you wish to apply to, please follow the relevant instructions below in order to contact our program coordinators.

Before your application can go to the Bar-Ilan University MA committee, it needs to be approved by the English Department. Therefore, you must contact us first, before applying through the university's general online system.

The English Department Graduate Committee in Literature will review your application and decide whether to accept you and whether you need to take additional background courses (hashlamot).

Please note: We offer a concentration of graduate courses on Wednesday (or Tuesday for creative writing students), to accommodate our students' work schedules. However, if you do not have a university degree in English literature, you will probably be asked to take several undergraduate courses (taught on Monday and Wednesday) before you can be formally accepted as an MA student. Applicants whose BA degree is not in English literature should therefore expect to take classes on both Mon and Wed during their first year.

Applying for an MA in Literary Studies

  • Applicants for the MA in Literary Studies must have a BA degree with a grade average of 85 and up. 
  • Applicants whose BA is not in English literature should expect to be assigned pre-requisite courses from our BA program (hashlamot). The number of pre-requisites and the specific courses will be determined by the Graduate Committee, based on your previous studies. 

If you wish to apply to this program, please do the following: 

  • Apply in writing to the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Yael Shapira (shapira.yael@biu.ac.il) with a copy to the secretary for graduate studies. Mrs. Channa Redner (rednerc@mail.biu.ac.il). Your application should include the following
  1. Documentation for your previous academic degrees, including transcripts of your grades.
  2. A separate list of all the courses you've taken in English and American literature, with grades.
  3. A writing sample of an academic essay in English -- preferably on a topic in literature.
  4. A short (up to one page) statement of purpose explaining why you want to pursue a graduate degree in English.
  5. An up-to-date curriculum vitae.

Applying for an MA in Literature - Focus on Creative Writing

If you wish to apply for the MA in English with a focus on Creative Writing, follow the instructions on this page.

Applying for an MA in Literature - Focus on Literary Translation

If you wish to apply for the MA in English with a focus on Literary Translation, please contact Prof. Evan Fallenberg (littransbarilan@gmail.com). Your application should include the following:

  1. Documentation for your previous academic degrees, including transcripts of your grades.
  2. A separate list of all the courses you've taken in English and American literature, with grades.
  3. A writing sample in English (can be a university paper, creative writing piece, or translation into English of a short literary text)
  4. A short (up to one page) statement of purpose explaining why you want to be admitted to this program.