MA / Ph.D. (English Language and Literature)

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Program Overview

Our MA/Ph.D. in English Language and Literature is an integrated program that allows students to earn an MA on the way to the Ph.D. We do not admit students for a terminal MA degree. The program receives about 250 applications of admission each year and enrolls an entering class of 10-12 students, all of whom receive funding. Students elect to pursue either the track in literature and culture or the track in language and rhetoric. Within these tracks, students pursue an individualized program of study under faculty mentorship so that they can pursue interdisciplinary inquiry while also cultivating the skills distinctive to literary and rhetorical study. We offer training in traditional fields of literary study--including Medieval and Early Modern, Romantic and Victorian, and Modernism and Postmodernism--and in a range of methodologies and modes of inquiry. While the best way to learn about the kind of work we do is to consult faculty profiles, a few of our strengths include critical race studies, American studies, genre studies, textual and digital studies, and the environmental humanities. 

Application Information

Application materials are due December 15. (If December 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the deadline is the following Monday.) Offers of admission are usually made by mid-March.

Funding Opportunities

We offer a funding package to all admitted MA/Ph.D. students. The funding package includes a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a monthly stipend during the academic year through an Academic Student Employee position. In general, duties include teaching one English class, assisting in a large lecture and leading quiz sections, or assisting in program administration.

Ph.D. students also have opportunities to compete for fellowships and scholarships offered through the Department of English.

MA/Ph.D. Degree Requirements & Program Guide

Students who enter our Ph.D. program without a related master’s degree will be required to complete an MA in the first two years. Students who will complete an MA degree in the first two years of their program can refer to the MA Degree Requirements and MA Program Guide.

Doctoral students can refer to the Ph.D. Degree Requirements and Ph.D. Program Guide.

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