Doctor of Philosophy Program Guide: Coursework

Maintaining Satisfactory Progress:

  • For students earning the M.A. or MAT(ESOL) degree at the University of Washington, Ph.D. coursework should be completed by the end of the 8th quarter of full-time residence and must be completed by the end of the 9th quarter.
  • For students entering the Ph.D. program with an M.A. from another institution, Ph.D. coursework should be completed by the end of the 5th quarter of full-time residence and must be completed by the end of the 6th.
  • For students who have earned the M.F.A. at the University of Washington, Ph.D. coursework should be completed by the end of the 11th quarter of full-time residence and must be completed by the end of the 12th (including coursework taken in the MFA program).

Seventy-five (75) graded credit hours (including MA coursework), plus thirty (30) credit hours of dissertation credit (English 800) are required. Upon admission to the Ph.D. program, the student's previous coursework is reviewed to determine the number of master's credits that will count toward the Ph.D.

What Counts (and Doesn't Count)

  • All 500-level English graduate seminars at the University of Washington count toward Ph.D. credits (except Engl 570, 581, 584, 585, 586, 587, 591, 597).
  • 500-level Comparative Literature courses automatically count toward the 75 credits.
  • Up to 30 credits from a recent Master’s degree in English or another discipline at another institution may be applied toward the 75 credits, with the approval of the Graduate Director.
  • Credits from an MA, MFA, or MAT(ESOL) degree in English from the University of Washington may be counted toward the 75 credits, upon approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • More than 15 credits of English graduate independent studies (Engl 600) must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Up to 20 credits of 500-level coursework offered by departments other than English may count toward the 75 credits, upon approval of the Director of Graduate Studies or the Ph.D. Exam Committee Chair.
  • Creative writing workshop credit, practicum or internship credit, and seminars in other departments (except Comparative Literature) unrelated to proposed graduate study do not count toward the 75 credits required for the Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. reading list preparation taken as English 597 does not count as coursework.