Master's and PhD in English

Deepen your knowledge of literatures

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.



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Accelerated Degree Program*





*Refers to the master's in english program. For doctoral information, see the Graduate School bulletin


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Graduate Program Recruiter

Mary Wacker

phone: (414) 288-0327


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Application Deadline

January 15th for the following fall.

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Copies of all colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.*
  • At least two letters of recommendation (three are preferred).
  • A statement of purpose. The best personal statement summarizes your academic interests and achievements and your career goals. Emphasize strengths that may not otherwise be obvious from your application file.  
  • One or two writing samples.
  • GRE scores (General Test only; not required for students applying for the MA degree).
  • For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

*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. 

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.

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.