Doctor of Philosophy Program Guide: Coursework

Maintaining Satisfactory Progress:

  • For students earning the M.A. 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.

Requirements for students entering the program Autumn 2019 or later

  • Sixty-five (65) graduate-level graded credit hours, which may include all credits from an M.A. in English Language & Literature from UW
    • At least 35 credits must be earned from the UW Department of English (does not include Engl 570, 581, 584-587, 591, 597, 601, 700, 800)
    • Up to 10 credits may be transferred in from a graduate degree at another institution, upon approval from the Director of Graduate Studies
    • Any courses taken outside the the UW Department of English must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies or the student's doctoral supervisory committee chair before they can be applied toward the doctoral coursework requirement
    • Courses at the 100, 200, or 300 level cannot be applied toward the doctoral coursework requirement; courses at the 400 level must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies or the student's doctoral supervisory committee chair
  • Thirty (30) credit hours of dissertation credit (English 800)

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.


Requirements for students who entered the program Autumn 2018 or earlier

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.