The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in literature provide students with professional preparation for teaching and conducting scholarly research at the university, college, and community college levels. Students in the Graduate Literature Program have the opportunity to work with faculty engaged in a wide variety of innovative research projects. Faculty research interests span a broad range of fields and critical methods and include most of the major recent intellectual trends in literary study. Faculty research and teaching concentrations include at least some of the following.
For more on the program please go to:https://english.arizona.edu/literature
The English Department maintains four degree-granting graduate programs:
Each of these programs is separately administered and has a separate application procedure. In general (some programs may make exceptions or have a different deadline) applications are due in early January (for matriculation the following August). Admissions are highly selective. The department therefore urges prospective applicants to confer, by early autumn at the latest, with the Director of the individual program in which they are interested.
To access the landing page for an individual program, click on its name below. On these pages you will find contact information for each program, as well as information about graduate study in the department.
The Department also offers a General MA, a flexible program that includes curricula from Literature, RCTE, and EAL.
English Graduate Union (EGU), represents all English graduate students
Financial Opportunities: please email program assistant for information regarding financial support available to graduate students in the Department of English.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
There are two on-line applications, English MA or English PhD. If you plan to pursue the PhD after earning the Master’s, you should apply for admission to the PhD program now. If you do not plan to pursue a PhD, then apply to the MA in English program.
1. Apply through the Graduate College online portal.
This will include the following:
• Graduate College application
• Domicile Affidavit
• Application fee ($85), payable to the University of Arizona
2. Complete the Literature Program Online Application (either English MA or PhD):
• Curriculum Vita
• Statement of purpose
• Official copies of transcripts from all colleges attended-you may download unofficial on-line for review purposes. If you are admitted, you will need to mail official transcripts to the program.
• Three academic letters of recommendation (your recommenders will be able to submit their letters through the online application system)
• Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Subject test is optional. Ask that your scores be sent to Institution Code #4832 Must be dated within 5 years of enrollment
• A writing sample (in the form of a critical paper; recommended length 10-20 pages, maximum of 25 pages)
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY:
• TOEFL 550-paper or 79 internet. Scores must be dated within 2 years of enrollment.
Required test for both domestic and international students:
Required test for international students:
TOEFL - minimum score 79 internet
IELTS - minimum composite score of 7
Applications are due around January 15 for the following fall.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
NRC Taxon(a) for this program:
English Language and Literature
Note: Students who wish to transfer credit from their M.A. Program must submit a Transfer Credit form in GradPath before the end of their first year of study in order to have the courses evaluated for transfer eligibility. The credits must be approved by their major or minor department and the Graduate College. The minimum grade for transferred credits must be an A or B or the equivalent at the institution where the course was taken. Transferred units may not count toward more than one doctorate.
While there are no required courses, students may choose, in consultation with the director, among the following 3 unit ENGL courses below. There is no minimum grade required for any course as long as the student's total gpa is 3.5 or above:
501 Advanced Creative Writing Nonfiction Writing
503 Latina Feminisms in the Americas
505 History of the English Language
506 Modern English Grammar
510 Teaching of Composition
514 Advanced Scientific Writing
515 History of Criticism and Theory
518 Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory
520 History of the German Language
522 Asian American Literature
524 Studies in Southwest Literature
526 Medieval English Literature
529 Chinese Immigrant Literature and Film
531 Advanced Studies in Shakespeare
533 Studies in the Renaissance
541 Studies in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
543 Mexican-American Literature in English
544 Media Archaeology: Moving Image as Evidence
552A Mixed Media Stories: Stories in Text and Film
555 Introduction to Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
555A Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
557A Modern British Literature
557B Contemporary British Literature
561A French Linguistics
565 Studies in American Literature to 1900
566 Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature
567 Topics in French Linguistics
573 Semiotics and Language
577 Studies in American Indian Literature
580 Second Language Writing
587 Assessment in Second/Foreign Language Learning
588 European Literary-Political Cabaret
589 Internet Technologies in Second/Foreign Language Education
596A British Literature
596B Studies in Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature and Theory
596F American Literature
596G Comparative Literature
596J Second Language Acquisition Research
596K Methods and Materials of Literary Research
596L Theories of Criticism
596O Topics in Second Language Teaching
596P Women's Life Writing: Autobiography, Diary, Oral History, Biography....
596Y Topics in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
597Q Qualitative Research in Rhetoric and Composition
597R Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition
597S Methods of Rhetorical Analysis
598 Approaches to Teaching Writing
612 Grammatical Analysis
613 Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
615 Second Language Acquisition Theory
620 Cultural Dimensions: Second Language Acquisitions
646 Ancient and Contemporary Voices
680 Reader Response Theories
693A Applied ESL
696A Latina/o Literary and Cultural Studies
696D History of Rhetoric
696E Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
696F Literature and Creative Writing
696G Queer Theories
696J Sexuality and Aesthetics
696M Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration
696S Historical Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
696T Contemporary Rhetorical Theories
Foreign Language Requirements
English Ph.D. students must fulfill a foreign language requirement to demonstrate their ability to use the language in research. Students are strongly encouraged to satisfy the requirement in their 3rd year (if they enter with the BA) or their 1st year (if they enter with the MA); dissertation proposals cannot be submitted until the requirement is met. The Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the department has the responsibility of administering this requirement.
You may fulfill the requirement by demonstrating reading competence in any language other than English relevant to your research.
Greek, Latin, French, German, Spanish, Russian, and Italian automatically qualify as acceptable languages for the requirement. If you wish to fulfill the requirement in another language you should consult with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies well before you expect to complete the requirement. In practice, you may elect any language in which a) a suitable examiner can be found or b) appropriate courses are offered at the university.
You may satisfy the foreign language requirement by:
The foreign language requirement may be fulfilled through a translation test (this by far the most common way of fulfilling it). The following guidelines govern the test:
The following criteria will be used in grading the exam:
9-12 units above the required units for the PhD. Please confer with the Program Director about the possibilty of a minor.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||21.43%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||6.50|
|Enrollment Percent Male||28.89%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||71.11%|
|Enrollment Percent International||22.22%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||11.11%|