M.A./Ph.D in English

M.A. / Ph.D.



Vision Statement

The MA/PhD in English degree (Literature Program) advances a curriculum that develops the analytical tools, diverse perspectives, and historical depth necessary for understanding the present. We explore the reciprocal relations between the marginal and the dominant, the past and the present, and the literary and non-literary. We marshal the most exciting, consequential, and diverse ideas that address the urgent challenges our students will engage. 

About the Program

Our Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programs in English will prepare you for teaching and conducting scholarly research at the university, college, and community college levels.

The M.A. is designed both as a basis for the Ph.D. and as a program for students who for personal or professional reasons wish to pursue advanced literary studies. The Ph.D. provides professional training for academic appointments at colleges and universities; we also offer preparation and guidance for those who plan to enter non-academic professions.

Our program is staffed by a strong faculty doing innovative research engaging a full range of current critical methodologies and questions, across nearly all the traditional fields of literature. Additionally, each semester, graduate seminars typically explore cutting-edge issues that intersect both faculty’s current research and emerging critical trends.

See the English Literature M.A./Ph.D. Handbook for full details about the program.

MA/PhD in English Graduate Student Handbook

Interdisciplinary Environment

You may concentrate in a number of cross-disciplinary areas :

  • American Literature and Culture
  • Border Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Visual and Digital Cultures
  • Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
  • Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature and Theory
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Comparative Modernisms

Several of our students choose to develop interdisciplinary research profiles, sometimes by minoring in a discipline other than English, among them a newly developed program in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. You may also pursue a Ph.D. minor with other UA departments with approval from your committee chair and the Literature Program Director.

Graduate Student Funding

We have the opportunity to award Graduate Teaching Assistantships. The teaching assignment is 3 courses a year; the first year you will teach one course in the Fall and two in the Spring. During your first year, you will be enrolled in a weekly teaching preceptorship designed to instruct and support you as a university teacher. These are renewed for up to five years (assuming satisfactory progress). GTAs receive health insurance and full tuition as well as a stipend (approximately $21,750 for the academic year). University fees are not covered; for the 2024-2025 academic year, fees are $60 per semester if taking 7 units or more. International students are responsible for an additional international student fee of $200 per semester.

Contact Us

For general information about the program, please contact Stephanie Mao.

Literature Program 
Department of English
1423 E. University Blvd. Rm. 445
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067 U.S.A.

Specific inquires can be directed to John Melillo, Director, Graduate Literature