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English Language and Literature, Ph.D.

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University rank #18 (QS) Ithaca, NY, United States
The doctoral program in English Language and Literature offers two degree options for the prospective applicant: the Ph.D. and the Joint M.F.A./Ph.D. The department enrolls about 12 new students each year in the Ph.D. including one or two of those students admitted into the joint program.
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  •  Our small size allows us to offer a generous financial support package, details of which are outlined on our department website. At the same time, we have a large and diverse graduate faculty with competence in a wide range of literary, theoretical, and cultural fields. 
  • The program is extremely flexible in regard to such matters as course selection, the design of examinations, and the election of minor subjects of concentration outside the department. English Ph.D. students pursuing interdisciplinary research may include on their Special Committees faculty members from related fields such as Comparative Literature, Romance Studies, German Studies, History, Classics, Women's Studies, Linguistics, Theatre and Performing Arts, Government, Philosophy, and Film and Video Studies.
  • The Ph.D. candidate is normally expected to complete six or seven one-semester courses for credit in the first year of residence and a total of six or seven more in the second and third years. The program of any doctoral candidate's formal and informal study, whatever his or her particular interests, should be comprehensive enough to ensure familiarity with the authors and works that have been the most influential in determining the course of English, American, and related literatures; the theory and criticism of literature; the relations between literature and other disciplines; and concerns and tools of literary and cultural history such as textual criticism, study of genre, source, and influence, as well as wider issues of cultural production and historical and social contexts that bear on literature.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject:

  • African American literature
  • American literature after 1865
  • American literature to 1865
  • American studies
  • colonial and postcolonial literatures
  • cultural studies
  • dramatic literature
  • English poetry
  • lesbian, bisexual, and gay literary studies
  • literary criticism and theory
  • Old and Middle English
  • prose fiction
  • the English Renaissance to 1660
  • the nineteenth century
  • the Restoration and the eighteenth century
  • the twentieth century
  • women's literature

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

General Requirements

  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts -- one official copy
  • TOEFL (if non-native speaker of English)
  • GRE General Test (reported directly from ETS)
  • GRE Subject Test in English Language and Literature (reported directly from ETS)
  • Critical Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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All PhD degree candidates are guaranteed five years of funding (including a stipend, a full tuition fellowship and student health insurance):

  • A first-year non-teaching fellowship
  • Two years of teaching assistantships
  • A fourth-year non-teaching fellowship for the dissertation writing year
  • A fifth-year teaching assistantship
  • Summer support for four years, including a first-year summer teaching assistantship, linked to a teachers’ training program at the Knight Institute. Summer residency in Ithaca is required.

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