Doctoral Degree Programs
Master's Degree
Graduate Certificate Programs
Downtown Campus Programs
Integrated Programs

contact us


Graduate School & Research Building (GSR)

Suite 2.210

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact US:

Phone: (210) 458-4331

Fax: (210) 458-4332

Admissions Email:
Recruitment Email:

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

Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants often exceed minimum requirements.

For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.

All applicants must submit the following material for evaluation:

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

Graduate School Application:Yes

Test Scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a recent (no more than five years old) administration of the examination

Resume:Professional Résumé or Curriculum Vitae.

Letters of Recommendation:Three letters of recommendation are required from academic or professional sources attesting to the student’s academic training, capability, and potential to a field of study related to the degree.

Statement of Purpose:Yes, a written personal statement/essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in English program.

Writing Sample:  A writing sample (a research paper of approximately 15 pages).

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS score (for International Applicants):International students must have a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL Internet-based test, 550 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 6.5 on the IELTS.

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.

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:
Telephone:  (210) 458-5339

Graduate Catalog Link:

Degree Website:

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.