Texas Tech University

PhD in English

PhD in English - Creative Writing

The deadline for applying to our PhD in English, for Fall 2021 admission, has passed.

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 Application fees for onsite programs in Lubbock have been waived (email the Grad Advisor for a voucher code.) 


•       College Transcripts

•       Curriculum Vitae/Resume

•       8-10 page (or longer) critical writing sample for all applicants 

  •     a creative writing sample for applicants to the Creative Writing specialization

•       700-word statement of purpose outlining your interest in our graduate program

•       3 letters of recommendation. (Recommenders send their letters directly through the TTU Graduate School application portal via a prompt generated by the system)

 As a TTU graduate student, you will find exceptional academic breadth and specialization as well as an inclusive and diverse group of faculty and graduate students actively engaged in academic pursuits and in the broader Lubbock community. 

 Join us in Lubbock, TX where you will bond with other graduate students through engaging coursework, exceptional pedagogical and teacher training in a nationally-recognized first-year writing program, and through a range of departmental organizations, service opportunities, and graduate certificate programs.


When you apply to our onsite PhD program, you are automatically considered for funding. The funding for incoming students consists of a teaching position with a competitive stipend—guaranteed $20K/year for four years with opportunities to apply for a fifth year of funding—and significant tuition and fee waivers.

For two years, you will teach in the first-year writing program, serving as a classroom instructor. In your third and fourth years, there will be teaching and service opportunities beyond first-year writing, including teaching assistant positions for film courses, teaching sophomore-level literature courses, mentorship and administrative appointments, and service in support roles. Summer teaching/funding is also regularly available.

Specializing in Creative Writing

The Ph.D. with specialization in Creative Writing is an extraordinarily flexible and important degree: it asks you to practice your craft as a writer and to become a scholar of literature, providing you with the expertise and credentials to pursue a career as a faculty member in any English department in the country.

Graduate Student Opportunities

  •  the chance to apply for Tech's TEACH Program, created in response to the Preparing Future Faculty movement.
  • Potential to join the Iron Horse Literary Review staff as a reader or managing editor.
  • Opportunities to work in our beautiful Letterpress Studio.
  • Small classes, dedicated mentors, generous and talented colleagues, and a warm welcome into a tight-knit community of writers and scholars here in the South Plains.

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Dr. Curtis Bauer
Director of Creative Writing

Dr. Elissa Zellinger
Director of Graduate Studies