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PhD Requirements

Building on excellence in creative writing and a record of excellence in the student’s MA preparation in the broad range of English and American literature or MFA preparation in creative writing and literature, the PhD student in literature and creative writing should work toward increased sophistication as a writer/scholar. The PhD student should also continue to strengthen and deepen an understanding of three areas of expertise: his/her specific genre, including the history of the genre and contemporary theoretical approaches to the genre; a historical period, rhetoric or literary theory; and a specific individualized area of inquiry. The career of a PhD student should be marked by increasing independence in his/her creative writing and in thinking and writing about literature and/or literary theory. Working toward these objectives advances the student’s competence in writing the creative dissertation. The PhD in Literature and Creative Writing constitutes solid preparation for creative publication, scholarly publication, and expert undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Prerequisites for Admission

  • MA in English or MFA in Creative Writing or a closely related field.
  • 3.5 GPA in graduate studies
  • Studies in one foreign language (Student can complete this requirement while in residence.)

Requirements of the Degree

  • 45 hours of coursework
  • Foreign language competence. Students must demonstrate reading knowledge of two foreign languages or intensive knowledge of one foreign language.
  • 2 written doctoral examinations
  • 1 oral examination
  • 1 dissertation prospectus and hearing
  • Dissertation and hearing

More information on the PhD degree is available here.

A sample list of graduate courses is available here