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The Graduate Experience

At Marquette University, graduate studies in English offers both immediate and long-term rewards. While at Marquette, students will enjoy opportunities to:

Meet our current MA and PhD graduate students

Here's a list of our recent M.A. and Ph.D. graduates.

After graduation, M.A. students pursue the following:

After graduation, the majority of our Ph.D. students find employment in tenure track positions at colleges and universities around the country. Small liberal-arts colleges and schools with the University of Wisconsin system have been particularly interested in hiring Marquette Ph.D. students. Recent graduates have been hired by:


Programs of Study

The Department offers two graduate degrees:

Our programs of study:

The master of arts program in English provides broad coverage in texts of 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 careers in education, or enter business, health care, journalism and other professions.

The doctorate in English is directed toward comprehensive and intensive knowledge of literature and language with specialization in one area of British, American or other Anglophone literatures; the textual, editorial and critical problems and backgrounds of major texts and authors; the principles of literary criticism; the basic tools, methods and application of literary and linguistic research; and pedagogical problems. The program provides practical experience in teaching and research to meet the needs of contemporary college education.


Admissions Process

Inquiries from any interested prospective student are welcome.



Graduate students assume full responsibility for their progress by keeping an up-to-date record of the courses they have taken and by checking regularly with the English Department and the Graduate School offices. Each semester, students are advised by the Director of Graduate Studies in English in order to evaluate their progress.

The Department of English provides advice via

The Graduate School provides advice via



For further information about our graduate programs, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Leah Flack,




English Department

Marquette University, Marquette Hall 115 (campus map)
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7179
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