Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate Degrees Offered
- M.A.; Ph.D.
- 19th Century Literatures (American, 18th Century, Romantic, and Victorian British Literatures)
- 20th Century Literatures (American Literatures and British Modernism)
- Composition and Rhetoric
- Creative Writing
- Critical Theory
- Digital Humanities
- Ethnic Literatures
- Medieval and Renaissance Literatures
- Place-Based Writing (Literatures of the Great Plains and the American West)
- Women's Literatures
- 19th Century Studies
- Ethnic Studies
- Great Plains Studies
- Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
- Women's and Gender Studies
Application Checklist and Deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information
See also: steps to admission.
After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:
- Entrance exam(s): None
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100
- Critical paper in English (15-20 pp.)
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Statement of education goals (1-3 pp.)
- Teaching experience or evidence of teaching potential
- Three recommendation letters
- Creative writing applicants only: Creative writing sample (See department website for details)
Application DeadlineFall: December 9
DescriptionThe Department of English offers the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the areas of literature studies, creative writing, and composition and rhetoric. Students with a B.A. may apply for the M.A. or for direct admission into the Ph.D. degree program. Students with an M.A. or M.F.A. may apply for the Ph.D.
We offer graduate course work in all listed areas of study. There are also opportunities for students to obtain a specialization in ethnic studies; Great Plains studies, human rights and humanitarian affairs, 19th century studies, and women's and gender studies. We also have certifications in Digital Humanities and the Teaching of Writing.
Diverse opportunities are available for professional development, including development of scholarly and teaching portfolios, participation in critical/literary study groups, a fiction and poetry reading series, and collaboration with faculty on research, teaching, and creative activities.
In addition, the department houses a number of prestigious journals and projects, including Prairie Schooner, one of the most respected literary journals in the nation, The Western American Literature Journal and the Quarterly Review of Film and Video. We also have the Walt Whitman Archive, the Cather Project, the Nebraska Writing Project, the Nebraska Literacy Project, the Corvey Collection of 19th Century British Literature and the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Monograph Series. Graduate students regularly enrich their academic experience through work on these major departmental projects.
Courses and MoreStudents in English are most likely to take courses in:Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.
Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.
Faculty and Research
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