Degrees Offered

Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy


Master’s: British, American and other Anglophone Literatures
Doctoral: American Literature; British Literature

Program Description

The master of arts program in English provides broad coverage in British, American and other Anglophone literatures. Through seminar courses, students develop extensive knowledge of literature, literary critical methods and analytical writing. Students who complete the master's program at Marquette go on to doctoral studies, pursue career in education, or enter business, health care, journalism and other professions.

The doctorate in English is directed toward comprehensive and intensive knowledge of British, American and/or other Anglophone literatures and language; the textual, critical and editorial problems and backgrounds of major texts and authors; the principles of literary criticism; and the basic tools, methods and application of literary and linguistic research. The program provides practical experience in teaching and research to prepare students to pursue a variety of careers in higher education.

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Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Two letters of recommendation required, three preferred.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • One or two writing samples.
  • GRE scores (General Test only).
  • For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Application Deadline

February 15th for the following fall.

Financial Aid

Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. Teaching and research assistantships are available to candidates for both degrees on a competitive basis. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.