About the Program
Graduate English at UT is a doctoral program. About 40% of each class enters with an M.A. in English. The 60% who enter with a B.A. earn the M.A. in two years en route to the doctorate. Admitted students are considered ready for early-level doctoral work upon arrival. In general, their dossiers display a disciplinary sophistication – an understanding of and talent for inquiry formation within the context of a disciplinary subfield – that is decisively beyond the level typically attained as an English major. We are able to accept roughly one in every twenty qualified applicants. All admitted students are offered full funding – a combination of teaching support and fellowship – for their doctoral studies.
We do not have a terminal M.A. program, although we do have special Master’s Degree arrangements with sister disciplines at our University.
We choose students in reference to our sense of the program as a whole. Although the collective interests of each entering class will in principle cover the entirety of the contemporary discipline’s terrain, and although we will provisionally envision each student in a broadly imagined context of faculty resources, we do not recruit individual students to work with specific members of the faculty.
Students are admitted because, in addition to their readiness and promise for doctoral work, we believe that their academic interests and collegiality will enhance the professional energy of the active graduate faculty and resident graduate students. For this reason, all graduate faculty are invited to participate in the admissions process. Every faculty member is, in principle, a resource for every graduate student. The Department’s recognition of the exciting intellectual horizons emerges anew each year as part of the admissions process itself.
Our educational setting, academic requirements, mentoring processes, teacher training, administrative/editorial/special projects opportunities, and funding procedures are organized to promote the ample academic professionalism necessary to secure a job in the professoriate.
There are many good reasons to undertake doctoral study. However, Graduate English at UT exists explicitly to launch academic careers in colleges and universities.