Graduate Programs

The English Department maintains four degree-granting graduate programs:

  • Literature (MA and PhD) 
  • Creative Writing (MFA) 
  • Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, known as RCTE (MA and PhD) 
  • English Applied Linguistics, known as EAL (MA and Graduate Certificate in TESL, with ties to the PhD in SLAT)

Each of these programs is separately administered and has a separate application procedure. In general (some programs may make exceptions or have a different deadline) applications are due in early January (for matriculation the following September). Admissions are highly selective. The department therefore urges prospective applicants to confer, by early autumn at the latest, with the Director of the individual program in which they are interested.

English also has close ties with Graduate Interdisciplnary Program in Social, Cultural and Critical Theory, which offers a Ph.D. Minor.

To access the landing page for an individual program, click on its name from the banner at the top this page. On these pages you will find contact information for each program, as well as information about graduate study in the department.

General MA

The Department also offers a General MA, a flexible program that includes curricula from Literature, RCTE, and EL/L.

Additional Resources

English Graduate Union (EGU), represents all English graduate students 

Financial Opportunities: click here for a list of current opportunities and financial support available to graduate students in the Department of English.

Here's a link for information on Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) positions

Lynda Zwinger
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English 


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