Degree Requirements


PhD (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama)

Type of Program

Creative Writing and Literary Studies

Required Course of Study

  • Formal graduate coursework (24hrs)
  • English 800: Introduction to Graduate Study in English
  • Two Seminar Courses
  • English 999: Dissertation (at least 12hrs)

Foreign-language proficiency, successful completion of oral comprehensive examination, defense of dissertation.

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