This page provides a convenient reference for deadlines in the English department’s graduate programs.
A downloadable, PDF version of this schedule can be found here.
Deadline for PhD Admission in September 2019:
Due February 1, 2020 for full considerations for scholarship funding for the Fall 2020 semester.
Any applications received after that date will be for admission only.
To apply to the Ph.D. in English, you must submit official transcripts showing conferral of your bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 24 credits in English or American literature. You must also possess at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the undergraduate level, with a 3.5 or better in English courses.
We require that you submit evidence of acceptable scores for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test along with your application. The subject GRE Test is not required.
You must submit three letters of recommendation, two of which come from an academic reference and attest to your work as a student. You must also submit a recent sample of written work, as well as a personal statement detailing your professional goals.
Applicants who apply with an M.A. or M.F.A. in English may receive up to 18 credits of advanced standing, with approval from the graduate director and the Dean’s office.
Amy King, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
St. John Hall, Room B-40
Director of Graduate Admissions
Deadlines for Graduation (MA and PhD)
The deadlines for defenses for both MA theses and PhD dissertations are from the Graduate Dean’s office and are not negotiable. The suggested deadlines for distributing Reader’s Copies to committee members allow three weeks for each faculty member to read and review the dissertation. Individual committees may require slightly more or less time; students should be in close contact with all committee members at the start of the semester during which they will defend.
For Doctoral students who wish to graduate in September 2018:
Defenses must be completed by Monday, September 17
Final copies of the disseratin to the Dean’s office by Monday, September 24
For Doctoral Students who wish to graduate in January 2019:
Reader’s copies should be distributed by Friday, October 5
The oral dissertation defense must be scheduled and completed by Friday, November 9
Dissertation copies due in Dean’s Office for review for January degree conferral by Monday, November 19
Final copy of the dissertation to the Dean’s office by Monday, December 3
For Doctoral students who wish to graduate in May 2019:
Reader’s copies should be distributed by Monday, February 4
The oral dissertation defense must be scheduled and completed by Monday, April 8
Copies of the dissertation are due to the Dean’s office for May degree conferral by Friday, April 26
Final copy of the dissertation on watermarked paper to the Dean’s office by Friday, May 3
For Master’s Students who wish to graduate in Jan 2019:
All Masters’ Portfolios or Theses must be submitted to the department office by Monday, November 19
For Master’s Students who wish to graduate in May 2019:
All Masters’ Portfolios or Theses must be submitted to the department office by Friday, April 26
If you have questions about any of these deadlines or processes, please consult with your mentor and committee. You may also contact Dr. Amy King, DGS (firstname.lastname@example.org).