Texas Tech University

Graduate Study in English

The Graduate Program in English at Texas Tech University is a vibrant community of scholars and teachers committed to intellectual achievement in literature studies, creative writing, and linguistics. Students may pursue the M.A. in English, online M.A. in English, or Ph.D. in English and focus their studies in several ways depending upon interests and professional goals. M.A. students may study literature generally or concentrate in a particular field of literary study. Ph.D. students must demonstrate proficiency in several fields, but they must also specialize in an area of their choosing--a particular literary or theoretical area, or a specific genre of creative writing--through coursework, qualifying examinations, and the dissertation. Notable areas of specialized study in the Department of English include the following:

Students in our M.A. and Ph.D. programs may also work towards one of many graduate certificates, including:

Students in our M.A. and Ph.D. programs participate in our Professional Development Curriculum, designed to help students reach the next phase of their professional lives by providing them with information about job hunting, scholarly publication, professional organizations, and career management strategies. Recent M.A. graduates have gone on to top doctoral programs across the country, and our Ph.D. recipients have competed successfully for tenure-track positions in a difficult market.

Nearly 100% of our full-time students receive financial support as teaching assistants, editorial assistants, technology assistants, and assistant program coordinators, or in other roles suited to their professional development.

So if you want to study literature, creative writing, or linguistics in a program with outstanding faculty and talented peers from all over the world, visit our admissions page. Become part of a program on the rise.

For more information, please contact Dr. Julie Nelson Couch, Director of Graduate Studies in Literature, Creative Writing, and Linguistics.

Application Deadline: January 15th, 2019

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Dr. Julie Nelson Couch
Director / Advisor
Graduate Studies in Literature, Creative Writing and Linguistics

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