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English, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #651 (QS) , LA,
The PhD program in English at LSU offers advanced instruction and research in a wide array of areas. Our traditional strengths in critical theory, Southern literature, and American literature thrive; yet we have about forty internationally-known graduate faculty in most established and many emerging areas of study.

About

We pride ourselves on individual Programs of Study that each PhD student designs with the guidance of professor-advisors. The PhD Program includes two tracks:  Literary Studies and Writing & Culture.  Each track permits a variety of concentrations, such as Medieval and Renaissance or post-colonial studies within the Literary Studies track, and Rhetoric and Composition or women’s and gender studies within the Writing & Culture track. 

In addition to focusing on a concentration, our PhD students fulfill course requirements for breadth and pedagogical training. Students also have the option of completing a minor either within English or in another department.

A major advantage of our program is that our graduate students teach one course per semester.  This is an attractive teaching load for Graduate Teaching Assistants. 

It is low enough to avoid slowing down anyone’s degree progress while providing substantial teaching experience in a variety of courses, including literature. We also have a long-standing set of annual workshops to coach our students on strategies for placement and to help them develop professionally.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    54 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Ethnic Literatures of the United States 
  • Literature of the American South 
  • Survey of African-American Literature 
  • Postcolonial Literatures 
  • Topics in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies 
  • Topics in Literacy Studies 
  • Topics in Gender Theory 
  • Topics in Folklore 
  • Topics in the History of Rhetoric and Poetics 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    59

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts
  • A copy of the name page of your passport
  • A completed Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29443 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    29443 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    12528 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12528 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Baton Rouge

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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