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

Required exam

M.A. - none
Ph.D. - GRE

Application Requirements

  • 10-15 page critical writing sample (15-20 pages for Ph.D. applicants)
  • Creative writing students must submit an additional 15-20 page creative writing sample (20 page minimum for Ph.D. applicants)
  • $35 application fee
  • Statement of purpose
  • Résumé
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE test scores (where applicable)

Application Deadline

M.A. Assistantship: February 1
M.A.: 6 weeks before classes start
Ph.D.: January 15

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."