Doctoral Degree

English (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in English offers students opportunities for advanced study and research in cross-cultural, transnational approaches to English language and literary studies, with coursework required in U.S. Latina/o literature and the theory and practice of teaching composition. The Ph.D. in English is awarded to candidates who complete all required coursework, demonstrate in-depth, cross-cultural knowledge of English-language literature, and produce an original contribution to their field of specialization.

Why Pursue a Ph.D. in English at UTSA?

  • We offer a doctoral program with an emphasis in Latina/o literatures.
  • Our program is small and we have an excellent faculty that students work with on a one-to-one level.
  • We offer a course in Spain every summer at the Universidad de Castilla la Mancha in Toledo.
  • We offer graduate fellowships and scholarships to eligible students.

Requirements and Specific Deadline

Admission requirements and pre-requisites: The student must have a Master's degree in English or a related discipline with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher or a Bachelor's degree in English or a related discipline with a grade point average of 3.5 or better.

Graduate Studies Application:  Yes

Department Application:  No

Test Scores:  English Subject GRE & General GRE Required.  These scores will be considered in comparison with scores from applicants of similar socioeconomic background.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Resume or CV:  Yes

Letters of Recommendation:  3 L/R Required- attesting to the student's academic training, capability, and potential

Statement of Purpose:  Yes (2 - 3 pages)

Other Degree Requirements:  Writing Sample - research paper of approximately 15 pages

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants):  550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Full-Time or Part-Time Attendance Requirement: Full-Time or Part-Time


Application Deadline Dates

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Jeanne Reesman, Ph.D.
Email Address:
Telephone:  (210) 458-5368

Graduate Catalog Link:

Degree Website:

Career Options

  • University Professor
  • Publishing

Funding Opportunities

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • Classes are offered in the afternoon 2-4:45 and 5:30-8:15 for our doctoral seminars

Research Opportunities

  • Exciting and cutting edge interdisciplinary studies of Latino/a experience in the United States.

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