English Masters and Ph.D. Programs

Program Description

The master of arts graduate 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.

Visit the English department web page for more detailed program information.

Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.

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Application Deadline

January 15th for the following fall.


Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

*Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

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.

Ready to learn more about Marquette's English graduate programs? 

Request more information now or schedule an on-campus visit.

Graduate Program Recruiter

Mary Wacker

phone: (414) 288-0327

email: mary.wacker@marquette.edu

Trinity Fellows Program

Students interested in the English master's programs may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.