Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Stacey Waite

Graduate Secretary
Ms. Barbara Starks

Campus Address
202 Andrews Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0333

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by English

  • Entrance exam(s): None
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100, IELTS 6.5
  • 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)

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for English
  • December 1 for Fall. Prospective students admitted Fall only.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


The 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 composition and rhetoric, creative writing, ethnic studies, Great Plains studies, literary and cultural studies, 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.

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Faculty and research

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Marco Abel

Film Studies; Critical Theory; 20th & 21st Century American Literature

Jonis Agee

Fiction; Creative Nonfiction; American Literature

Grace Bauer

Creative Writing; Contemporary Poetry

Stephen Behrendt

Women Writers; William Blake; Romantic Period

Robert Brooke

Rural Education; Community Development

Stephen Buhler

Early Modern England; Shakespeare; Spenser; Milton

Peter Capuano

19th Century British Literature; Victorian Literature and Culture; 19th Century Science and the Novel

Joy Castro

Creative Writing; Latina Literature; Women's Literature; 20th Century Literature

Kwame Dawes

Creative Writing and Prairie Schooner Editor

Basuli Deb

Women's and Gender Studies; Literature Theory; Cultural Studies; War Literature

Wheeler Winston Dixon

Film History, Theory, and Criticism

Kwakiutl Dreher

African-American Literature; Popular Culture; Film

Gwendolyn Foster

Film Studies; Women's Studies; Cultural Studies; Screenwriting

Amanda Gailey

Digital Humanities; 19th Century Literature; Editorial Theory

Tom Gannon

Native American Literatures; Romanticism; Literary Theory

Amy Goodburn

Composition; Rhetoric; Literacy Studies; Pedagogies

June Griffin

Pedagogy; Basic Writing and College Access; Teaching with Technology; Learning Transfer; Digital Rhetoric

Melissa Homestead

American Literature; History of the Book; Women's Authorship

Maureen Honey

Women Writers; Harlem Renaissance; Popular Culture

Andrew Jewell

The Digital Age

Frances Kaye

Canadian Literature; Great Plains Studies; Native American LiteratureEmeritus

Ted Kooser

Creative Writing; Poetry

Thomas Lynch

Ecocriticism; Western and Southwestern American Literature

Amelia Montes

American Literature; Chicano Literature; Creative Writing; Fiction

Laura Mooneyham White

British Literature; Narrative Theory; Genre Theory; History of Manners; Anglo-American Modernism; Jane Austen

Ng'ang'a Muchiri

African Literature; East African Land Rights

Kenneth Price

American Literature and Periodicals; Textual Editing; Digital Humanities

Stephen Ramsay

Digital Humanities; Critical Theory; Drama

Guy Reynolds

Willa Cather; Women's Fiction; American Studies

Beverley Rilett

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies; Victorian and Early 20th-Century British Literature and Culture; Women's and Gender Studies; Biography; The Novel; George Eliot's Life and Literature; Digital HumanitiesGraduate Faculty Associate

Gregory Rutledge

African-American Literature and Culture; American Literature

Timothy Schaffert

Creative Writing; Fiction Writing

Julia Schleck

Renaissance Literature and History; Early Modern Travel Literature

Kelly Stage

Renaissance Literature; Literature of 16th and 17th Century London

Shari Stenberg

Composition and Rhetoric; Critical and Feminist Pedagogies; Literacy Studies; Teaching and Writing Development

Roland Vegso

Critical and Literary Theory; Psychoanalysis; Contemporary Political Theory, 20th Century Literature; Modernism; Cold War Stories

Hope Wabuke

Creative Writing (Poetry, Nonfiction); African and Diasporic Literature

Stacey Waite

Composition; Rhetoric; Literacy; Queer Theory/Queer Pedagogies; Teaching of Writing; Feminist and Gender Studies; Creative Writing/Poetry

Deborah Williams Minter

Composition; Literacy Studies; Rhetoric

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