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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 cross-cultural, transnational approaches to English language and literary studies.
  • We offer graduate fellowships and scholarships to eligible students.
  • We have a low student-to-faculty ratio and offer extensive mentoring to graduate students.
  • We offer study abroad opportunities in England, Italy, and Spain.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

In addition to satisfying the University-wide graduate admission requirements, the minimum requirements for admission to the Doctoral program in English are as follows:

  • The student must have a Master’s degree in English or a related discipline with a grade point average of 3.5 or better or a Bachelor’s degree in English or a related discipline with a grade point average of 3.5 or better.
  • A minimum of at least 18 upper-division and/or graduate hours in English literary studies with a grade point average of 3.5 or better.
  • A statement of purpose (2–3 pages).
  • A writing sample (a research paper of approximately 15 pages).
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the student’s academic training, capability, and potential.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the General Test. These scores will be considered in comparison with scores from applicants of similar socioeconomic background.
  • Students who have received degrees from non-English speaking universities must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores of no less than 550 (paper version), or 79 (Internet version). 

Career Options

  • University or College Professor
  • Professional Writing
  • Publishing

Research Opportunities

  • Funding is available for graduate student travel to conferences.
  • Graduate Certificates in Creative Writing and in Rhetoric and Composition.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Bernadette Andrea, Ph.D.
Email Address: bernadette.andrea@utsa.edu
Telephone:  (210) 458-5339

Graduate Catalog Link: http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COLFA/engdept.html#phdeng

Degree Website:http://colfa.utsa.edu/English/phd.html

Funding Opportunities

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • Graduate classes are generally offered in the evening and may also be offered in the afternoon or morning.
  • A full listing of current classes may be accessed through ASAP (Course Schedules) and syllabi may be accessed through Bluebook.

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