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Graduate Studies

The Department of English at UT-Arlington offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary examination of traditional literary studies in conjunction with rhetorical studies.  The faculty recognizes a natural synergy between literature and rhetoric, as the study of literature does not simply involve the reading of texts written by others, but also the production of written and spoken analysis, interpretations, and arguments.  The department seeks to consolidate this relationship in our courses with diverse offerings in New Materialisms, Visual Rhetoric, Animal Studies, Literature and the Environment, Film Studies and more. 

We also provide opportunities for graduate students in both Rhetoric and Literature to partner with the Writing Center, running tutorials for Ph. D. students across the university on the writing of dissertation proposals, conference abstracts and National Science Foundation grants.  This varied experience provides graduate students with excellent training and marketable skills both for academic jobs and jobs outside the university.

About Our Students

Graduate students in the English Department pursue a variety of scholarly interests.  Students have successfully defended theses and dissertations on topics as diverse as Magical Realism, Feminist Science Fiction, Male Androgyny in Visual Kei, Dracula films, Borges and the New Media, White Trash, Social Media Studies, Narrative Video Games and Crime Fiction, Postcolonial Literature, Young Adult Fiction, American Poets Laureate, Utopian Worlds, Women in Early Modern Drama, and Letters as Comedic Devices in Shakespeare’s plays.


  • Ability to design a program of work that best suits students' scholarly interests
  • Award-winning teachers and researchers with international reputations
  • Day & Night class meetings
  • English Graduate Student Association
  • M.A. program with thesis and non-thesis option
  • Full-time or part-time

About UTA

The University of Texas at Arlington was named one of the Princeton Review’s "Best in the West” regional colleges. According to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, UT Arlington is classified as a research university with high research activity.” The Chronicle of Higher Education lists our university as one of the fastest-growing public research universities in the nation. We are part of the network of universities that make up the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, & Learning

Graduate Degrees 

The Department of English offers a wide variety of graduate courses to meet the needs of students with a diversity of interests and academic backgrounds who wish to enhance their awareness of their literary and cultural environment by additional formal instruction or to increase their professional competence.

The Master of Arts program in English is designed to enable students to learn about, critique, and work in teaching, scholarship, writing, or other fields which value a strong background in language, rhetoric, and the study of culture through texts.

The M.A. in English provides a strong grounding in scholarly methods and in theory, making it an ideal preparation for doctoral study in disciplinary or interdisciplinary programs. M.A. graduates in English pursue careers in journalism, educational administration and services, publishing, and many business fields that demand writing and communication skills. The M.A. in English is also useful for prospective or experienced teachers who want both to sharpen their ability to teach literature and writing, and to advance professionally.

photo of UTA floatThe doctoral program in English prepares students at the most advanced stage in the interpretation and composition of texts. The program emphasizes rigorous critical study in the fields of rhetoric, composition, critical theory, cultural studies, pedagogy and literary studies. Rather than offering separate tracks, the program allows the student in consultation with the Graduate Advisor and the student's dissertation committees to design a program of work that best suits their particular scholarly interests and career goals. The combination of a diversity of course offerings, required and elected courses, and the requirement that each student define a focus that reflects his or her intellectual and career interests provides students with the flexibility to adapt to changes in English studies. Specifically, the English doctoral program prepares students for careers in writing, including electronic and technical writing, as well as in teaching in community colleges, small colleges or regional state universities. The department trains students for college-level teaching several ways, but most importantly, by offering graduate courses in the teaching of literature and the teaching of composition. Doctoral students in English present papers at scholarly conferences, publish essays in scholarly journals and participate in other professional activities.

Writing Sample and Recommendations

In addition to the admission requirements set by the Graduate School, the English Department requires all international students to have speaking, reading, and writing competence in English and all applicants to submit to the Graduate Advisor a sample of their best academic writing. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Graduate Advisor. At least two of the letters of recommendation should be academic in nature.