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Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Specializations for M.A.:
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Specializations for Ph.D.:
  • Literary Studies: Critical
  • Literary Studies: Creative
Required Test for Admission:

M.A.: None
Ph.D.: GRE

Required Supplemental Application Materials:

All applicants must submit a 10-15 page critical writing sample.  Creative writing students must submit an additional 10-15 page creative writing sample.

Application Deadline:

M.A. assistantship deadline: February 1
M.A.: 6 weeks before classes start

Ph.D.: January 15

Department Contact Information:

University of South Dakota
English Department
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD  57069
Phone: 605-677-5229
Fax: 605-677-5298

Program website


Program Director:

Darlene Farabee (

Coordinator of Graduate Studies:

Skip Willman (


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For additional information about the English programs offered at USD, Request More Information or contact the Graduate School at or 1-800-233-7937.