English | Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Graduate Program provides students with scholarly training in English language and literature. Students can specialize in the full range of literary fields, including rhetoric and composition. The program equips students with the theories and methods of linguistic and literary analysis that will prepare them for professional careers. The department program is student-centered, offering personalized programs of study, small classes, and a strong community.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: Jan. 1 Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Résumé; Professional Goal Statement; Writing Sample
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
E-mail: dvalli@slu.edu
Tel. No.: 314.977.3010
Chair: Toby Benis, Ph.D.
Graduate Education Director: Georgia Johnston, Ph.D.

Assistantship Application Deadline: January 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Standardized test scores are considered as well as GPA and TOEFL (if applicable)
  • All application items are viewed as components that lead to a holistic admissions

English Application Review Process: Faculty committee members examine applicants' materials and make admission and funding recommendations.

Credit Hours/Course Work: At least 24 hours of course work beyond the M.A., followed by a written and oral comprehensive examination and 12 credit hours of dissertation research. | English M.A., Ph.D. Course Descriptions

Program Description: Doctoral students in English select a track of study from among those defined by
the department. There are currently 12 of these tracks, ranging from literary periods to such
fields as Rhetoric & Composition, Transatlantic Modernisms, and Life Writing. | English Ph.D Program

Career Possibilities: Recent graduates have accepted tenure-track faculty positions at Creighton, University of Central Florida, University of Detroit-Mercy, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla), Truman State University, and University of North Texas, Dallas. Those pursing non-academic paths include a Document Analyst at the National Geospace Intelligence Agency, the Corporate Training Manager at Enterprise Holdings, and the Director of Research Communication at Washington University's School of Medicine.

Curriculum & Program Details: After passing the doctoral examination, the student writes a dissertation prospectus, which must be approved by the student’s dissertation committee (an advisor and two other faculty members). Completed dissertations are assessed by the board and are formally accepted after a successful public defense. Reading proficiency in one modern foreign language relevant to the student’s research is required. Students concentrating in medieval or renaissance literature are also required to demonstrate competence in either Latin or Classical Greek. | English Ph.D. program

About the English Faculty: The Department of English is enriched by a diverse group of globally recognized faculty members with a variety of composition and literary specialties. | Faculty with the Dept. of English

Scholarships & Financial Aid: In addition to awarding graduate, teaching and research assistantships, the department also offers its top doctoral students the Walter J. Ong, S.J., and Lucien Fournier Awards for research and teaching, respectively. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: The English Graduate Organization (EGO) is a professional and social group for English graduate students. The department has an affiliation with Walter J. Ong, S.J., and the Ong Center for Language and Culture. In addition to participating in various writing programs, including University Writing Services, faculty and graduate students participate in departmental research colloquia and reading groups, and the department hosts the journal African American Review as well as the New Chaucer Society, the world's leading scholarly organization in medieval literature and culture.

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