Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Graduate Degrees in English

There are two Graduate Degree Programs in English: a fully funded Doctorate Degree program and a Master of Arts in literature.

Our Ph.D. and M.A. Degree Programs are known for the excellent intellectual training we provide and the supportive community environment we enjoy.

We have an aggressive job placement program, and a very high percentage of our doctoral alumni have received tenure-track positions.
Fordham's English faculty members are widely published, prize-winning scholars who share a commitment to rigorous and imaginative teaching, research, and writing. The programs offer close interaction between professors and students, and there are many ancillary seminars, readings, and lectures. In the fall semester, we offer a seminar about building a career in the profession. Both fall and spring semesters feature workshops for students writing their dissertations.

In addition to the admission requirements listed by GSAS, the Graduate English Department requires that applicants who apply to the doctoral degree program have their master's degree completed and awarded by the end of their first semester as a doctoral student. Students who wish to continue on to the doctorate from the master's will need to apply towards the end of their master's studies. For applicants interested in the master's program, the department will consider those whose undergraduate degrees are in disciplines other than English. While reported GRE scores of those we admit reflect a certain average listed on Student Admissions, Outcomes & Other Data, prospective applicants should note that applications will be considered in their entirety by our department's admissions committee.

All Ph.D. students are fully funded and attend the program on a full-time basis. The funding package for the majority of our doctoral students includes a tuition waiver and a stipend of $21,800 per year (as of 2012). However, doctoral students who are awarded one of the university’s incoming or advanced Prestigious Fellowships receive a tuition waiver and an annual stipend between $25,000 and $28,000. Summer and year-long dissertation, teaching and research fellowships
as well as research support travel and dissertation grants are also available on a competitive basis.

Some fellowships are available at the M.A. level as well. The M.A.funding packages include up to a full tuition waiver and a stipend of $21,800 per year (as of 2012). Research support travel grants are also available on a competitive basis.

Particulars on each degree program, including curricula and requirements, may be viewed by selecting one or more of the links to the left.

Please note that applications for fall 2013 are no longer being accepted. Please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website after September, 2013 to apply for admission in fall 2014.

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