Career Options

There is a broad variety of professional opportunities for Northwestern University Master of Arts in Literature students. Some of the professional options open to graduates of the MALit program include pursuing academic research at the Ph.D. level, a university professorship, or a career in editing, writing, human resources, or public relations. The MALit degree also provides the knowledge — and credentials — for secondary school teachers seeking a competitive edge in their careers and a higher standard of instruction in their classroom.

MALit Potential

MALit students come from a variety of professional disciplines. Our students are doctors, lawyers, writers, accountants, teachers, librarians, entrepreneurs, museum professionals, and homemakers, and leave with the skills needed to advance in their current career or make a career change.  Popular job titles for MALit graduates include journalist, media specialist, public administrator, theologist, lobbyist, writer, and business administrator.

Average Salaries

  • Secondary Teacher                               $53,230
  • Writers/Authors                                     $55,400
  • Reporters/Correspondents                     $34,500
  • Public Administration (Managers)           $67,400
  • General and Operations Managers          $94,400

Additional Information

The program provides a deeper understanding of many classic texts critical to delivering high-quality instruction for younger students. Teachers of English, reading or the humanities find that the MALit curriculum aligns closely with their daily work, as they learn fresh critical approaches, discover new literary works and draw creative inspiration that they can bring directly back to their classroom.

This subject-area knowledge is a key distinction between the MALit program and graduate programs in education that emphasize general methodology rather than subject-area content. A teacher who has studied and written about literary works at the graduate level can develop into a much stronger teacher, better prepared to meet evolving standards for student achievement and improve writing instruction and assessment with confidence.

Teachers also benefit from close interaction with professors, who model the most effective ways to approach a range of literary works in the classroom.