MA/PhD Program

Admissions Information | Prospective PhD Students | Areas of Study | Program Requirements

We appreciate your interest in our graduate programs. The OSU English Department offers an integrated MA/PhD program and an MFA program in Creative Writing, giving graduate students a variety of opportunities to work closely with distinguished scholars and writers.

We are one of the largest departments of English in the country, and our integrated MA/PhD program allows students to specialize in almost every area within English studies.  Our approximately 80 faculty members supervise research in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy, Digital Media, Folklore, and all historical periods of English literature from Anglo-Saxon to the 20th and 21st centuries. We also have concentrations of faculty who work with graduate students in the areas of narrative theory, United States ethnic and postcolonial studies, African-American literature, and film, television, and popular culture.  Many of our faculty members are among the world's leading scholars in their fields.

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; and The Journal, the Creative Writing program's own publication.

Currently, we have about 100 students at various stages of the integrated MA/PhD program, and we anticipate accepting an incoming cohort of about 20 new MA/PhD students for autumn 2016.  We also have approximately 45 students in our MFA 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. Once PhD 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.

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