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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
- Required Degree: A Master’s degree in English or a related discipline with a grade point average of 3.5 or better.
- Other Degree Requirements: 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.
Admission to the program is limited and competitive for applicants with a Master's degree in the English field of study. 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.
- General University Requirements:A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: None.
- Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation, attesting to the student’s academic training, capability, and potential.
- Statement of Purpose: A statement of purpose (2-3 pages) describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in English program.
- Test Scores: General GRE, not older than five years.
- Other: A writing sample (a research paper approximately 15 pages).
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
- 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.