36 months
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
Tuition fee
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A student must successfully complete a program of study, normally six full semesters as outlined below, approved by the candidate’s committee or the Director of Graduate Studies in English. The English program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.



At least 54 credit hours beyond the BA (of which at least 30 credit hours must be beyond the MA) to include at least 21 credit hours at the 600-level; at least 15 credit hours at the 500-level or above (only 3 credit hours of ENGL 593 may be applied toward the MA and 6 after the MA); a 3 credit hour course in teaching composition, ENGL 505; and 15 additional credit hours at the 500- or 600-level.

Up to 6 of these additional credit hours may be taken in some cognate field or fields such as history, philosophy, or French. These courses must be drawn from those approved for graduate credit. All other course work must be in the English Department. In this course work, students must normally maintain a 3.5 GPA. The English program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Programme Structure

  • Twenty-four credit hours of dissertation research are required. These represent the research for and writing of the dissertation. 
  • The research and dissertation will be directed by a faculty member of the department and approved by a doctoral committee of three or four other faculty members.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application
  • Reference letters or rating forms

Tuition Fee

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    31798 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 31798 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    13380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13380 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Knoxville

885 - 1454 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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