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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).
- University or College Professor
- Professional Writing
- Funding is available for graduate student travel to conferences.
- Graduate Certificates in Creative Writing and in Rhetoric and Composition.