English Graduate


Specialize in the study of literature, creative writing or TESOL.

A graduate degree in English helps you prepare for the future. 


Master of Arts (M.A.)


  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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The M.A./J.D. is available only to candidates who are concurrently enrolled in the School of Law. Ordinarily, students complete the first year of the J.D. before beginning the M.A. in English.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


  • Literary Studies- Critical
  • Literary Studies - Creative

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Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
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  2. $35 application fee
  3. One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit earned
  4. Three letters of recommendation
            Letter of Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Official copy of GRE scores (Ph.D. only)
  7. 10-15 page critical writing sample (15-20 pages for Ph.D. applicants)
  8. Creative writing students must submit an additional 15-20 page creative writing sample (20 page minimum for Ph.D. applicants)
  9. Additional requirements exist for international applicants.  For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to English in the current graduate catalog.

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Read some of the most fascinating works of literature ever written. ¬†Develop your writing voice. ¬†Prepare to inspire the world with your ideas.

  • Alpha Mu Phi is USD's local Sigma Tau Delta chapter. This organization's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.

  • Assistant Professor Prentiss Clark presents "How to Say Things with Genre: American Essays, Novels, and Poems as Test Case."