Department of English

About the Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. Program in English at UT is primarily a doctoral program. (We do not have a terminal M.A. 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.

About the M.F.A. Program

The M.F.A. Program in English--known as the New Writers Project--at The University of Texas at Austin offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry or fiction. Our program is complemented by a nationally renowned department of literature, as well as one of the world's largest literary archives, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. For more information about the M.F.A. Program in English and how to apply, please visit the New Writers Project website.