Graduate Studies: An Overview
We appreciate your interest in our graduate programs. The OSU English Department offers an integrated M.A./Ph.D. program and an M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, giving graduate students a variety of opportunities to work closely with distinguished scholars and writers.
Recent graduates of our selective MFA program have earned national and international recognition for their creative work. For more information on Creative Writing at OSU, please click here.
Several scholarly journals are edited by members of the English department faculty with the assistance of advanced graduate students. These include The James Joyce Newsletter; Narrative: The Journal for the International Society for the Study of Narrative; The Journal of Business Communication; SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures; and The Journal, the Creative Writing program's own publication.
Currently, we have about 100 students at various stages of the integrated M.A./Ph.D. program, and we anticipate accepting an incoming cohort of about 20 new M.A./Ph.D. students for autumn 2014. We also have approximately 45 students in our M.F.A. program.
In addition to giving students extensive opportunities to work closely with scholars on a variety of research topics, the department offers outstanding teaching experiences. Incoming graduate students teach in our First-Year Writing Program, and they receive training and support throughout their careers. Some second-year graduate students will move on to the second-level undergraduate writing course, and once Ph.D. students complete a teaching apprenticeship, they are eligible to teach entry-level undergraduate courses or to serve as teaching assistants in the British and American literature surveys. Finally, the Department's Digital Media Project offers graduate students opportunities to learn to use the latest instructional technology to teach both composition and literature courses.