We are pleased to offer several areas of focus at the graduate level:
Our main area of focus is a doctoral program with a single trajectory towards the PhD in English. Students complete three years of coursework (one at the MA level to establish breadth; two at the PhD level to pursue specialization) followed by preliminary exams, a proposal defense, and finally, completion of the dissertation.
All Ph.D. students in the Literary Studies program receive six years of guaranteed funding averaging over $30,000 a year over the period of funding, through a combination of fellowships, assistantships and progress-to-degree scholarships.
The Afro-Am Bridge Program is an academic partnership that allows students to enter the University in the Department of Afro-American Studies and complete an MA before entering the Department of English for the completion of the PhD.
Qualified graduate students enrolled in a PhD program in another UW-Madison department may pursue a Graduate Minor in English. Enrollment in English classes is determined based on a number of criteria, including class size and instructor.
For further information about recent job placements, funding opportunities, and how to apply, please consult our general Graduate pages.