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2022 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Master's Degree Schools

104 Colleges in the United States
1,133 Master's Degrees
If you plan on getting your master's degree in linguistics and comparative literature, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #97 in the country in terms of popularity. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 104 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Master's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 1,133 master's degrees in linguistics and comparative literature to qualified students.

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

Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Master's Degree Schools The comparative literature master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality comparative literature program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

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.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 11% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 20%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 116 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their master's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your master's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

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 linguistics and comparative literature students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of linguistics and 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.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for linguistics and comparative literature to pay back their student loans after receiving their master's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized linguistics and comparative literature related body.

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

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Linguistics & 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 Linguistics & Comparative Literature in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for linguistics and comparative literature students seeking a a master's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

15 Top Schools for a Master's in Comparative Literature

#1

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
21 Annual Graduates

Georgetown University is a wonderful option for students pursuing a master's degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #19 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were about 21 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
1 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Northwestern University if you wish to pursue a master's degree in linguistics and 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.

With 1 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Northwestern University is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States.

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56 Annual Graduates
$66,796 Median Student Debt

It is difficult to beat Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey if you wish to pursue a master's degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Middlebury Institute is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Monterey. This school ranks 10th out of 96 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 56 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Middlebury Institute in the most recent year we have data available. Linguistics & Comparative Literature master's degree recipients from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey get an earnings boost of around $7,580 over the typical income of linguistics and comparative literature majors.

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#4

New York University

New York, NY
27 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat New York University if you want to pursue a master's degree in linguistics and comparative literature. 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 schools nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 27 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available.

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8 Annual Graduates

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

With 8 students who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, University of Southern California is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States.

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10 Annual Graduates

Located in the large 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 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

University of California - Los Angeles is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States with about 10 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#7

Boston University

Boston, MA
6 Annual Graduates

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. This university ranks 8th out of 49 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 6 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year.

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#8

Brown University

Providence, RI
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-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 roughly 2 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#9

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a 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 about 5 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#10

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
4 Annual Graduates

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #33 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 4 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
11 Annual Graduates

Wake Forest University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Winston-Salem. This university ranks 4th out of 41 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 11 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
10 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.

Cornell University is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States with roughly 10 graduations in the most recent data year.

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16 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 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were about 16 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent data year.

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25 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of New York, Teachers College is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #32 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Teachers College is a great university overall.

With 25 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Teachers College at Columbia University is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States.

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#15

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
16 Annual Graduates

UD is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Newark. This university ranks 1st out of 5 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Delaware.

There were roughly 16 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at UD in the most recent year we have data available.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Linguistics & Comparative Literature students that almost earned our Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
16 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
17 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
18 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
19 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
20 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
21 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
22 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
23 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
24 Illinois State University Normal, IL
25 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI

Linguistics & Comparative Literature by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
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Southwest
Great Lakes

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Linguistics & Comparative Literature is one of 17 different types of Foreign Languages & Linguistics programs to choose from.

Comparative Literature Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics 456
Modern Languages 251
Language Translation 154
Comparative Literature 145
Applied Linguistics 100
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 27

Majors Similar to Comparative Literature

Related Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 1,098
Classical Languages & Literature 174
East Asian Languages 145
American Sign Language 112
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 92
Germanic Languages 86
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 48
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 39
Second Language Learning 23
Native American Languages 12

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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