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2022 Best Comparative Literature Master's Degree Schools

28 Colleges in the United States
145 Master's Degrees
Comparative Literature is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #434 most popular master's degree program in the country. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

College Factual looked at 28 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Comparative Literature Master's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 145 master's degrees in comparative literature during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Comparative Literature School for Your Master's Degree

Best Comparative Literature Master's Degree Schools Your choice of comparative literature for getting your master's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality comparative literature program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The vast majority of the schools on this list are in at least the top 21% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 227 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on comparative literature students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of comparative literature students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized comparative literature related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for comparative literature students working on their master's degree.

More Ways to Rank Comparative Literature Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Comparative Literature Master's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Comparative Literature in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for comparative literature students seeking a a master's degree.

10 Top Schools for a Master's in Comparative Literature

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
1 Annual Graduates

Northwestern University is a wonderful option for individuals interested in a master's degree in comparative literature. Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 1 comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
10 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in comparative literature has to take a look at New York University. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #40 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 10 comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
4 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in comparative literature has to look into University of Southern California. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 4 comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In CA
3 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in comparative literature has to check out University of California - Los Angeles. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #27 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

With 3 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, University of California - Los Angeles is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States.

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#5

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #29 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 2 comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year.

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#6

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IL
1 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #6 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

University of Chicago is a fairly popular university to study comparative literature in the United States with approximately 1 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NY
6 Annual Graduates

Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #16 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

With 6 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Cornell University is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CT
12 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 5th out of 18 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were approximately 12 comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent data year.

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#9

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NY
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Rochester, University of Rochester is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #57 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means University of Rochester is a great university overall.

University of Rochester is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States with about 2 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In PA
11 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #11 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 11 comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available.

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Comparative Literature is one of 5 different types of Linguistics & Comparative Literature programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics 456
Modern Languages 251
Language Translation 154
Applied Linguistics 100
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 27

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Pandit Rahul Sanskrutayan, Banshidhar Mohanty. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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