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The English master’s and doctoral programs offer comprehensive training in critical theory as well as literary and cultural studies, exposing students to a diversity of texts within a global and transnational context. We offer a Master of Arts degree that provides high-level training in literature and culture, preparing students for PhD work or a range of non-academic career possibilities. Our PhD program invites students to construct their own specializations and scholarly discoveries within four core strength areas, under the close mentorship of faculty.

We pride ourselves on being a collaborative and supportive program, with faculty deeply engaged in all areas of graduate academic work, from helping master's students prepare conference papers for presentation and publication to collaborating with doctoral students on syllabi.



Graduate Virtual Open House



Graduate Virtual Open House: October 18–28

Registration is open for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Graduate Virtual Open House! The online event includes program-specific information sessions and opportunities to engage with current graduate students, faculty and our admissions team.

The English Department is hosting an information session for prospective graduate students on Thursday, October 21 at 10 a.m. EDT. 


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