Graduate Studies in the Department of English at Oklahoma State University is unique
for its interdisciplinary range and individualized curricula. The English Department grants one doctoral degree, the PhD in English. As a student,
you may emphasize your courses, exams, and dissertations in a variety of areas, including
Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Screen Studies, Rhetoric and Writing Studies,
Linguistics, and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). You may also choose
an interdisciplinary emphasis. In consultation with your advisory committees—made
up of nationally and internationally recognized faculty—you will devise an individualized
curriculum that reflects your own intellectual interests and professional goals.
including the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS), the Association
of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), and the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance
Studies Consortium (CRS).
Research and Faculty
The Department of English is formed by nationally and internationally recognizedfaculty. Our program is further distinguished by the fact that English faculty editfield-leading journalswith the assistance of advanced graduate students. These journals include:Milton Quarterly, American Indian Quarterly, Journal of Linguistic Geography and The
Cimmaron Reviewamongst others. Our graduate students regularly publish and present scholarly and creative works in
journals and at conferences across the country and around the world.
M.A. or MS appropriate to intended doctoral emphasis from accredited institution (minimum
GPA of 3.5 in all graduate work)
Three letters of recommendation
Written statement identifying specific program and proposed area of emphasis (poetry,
fiction, or creative nonfiction), reasons for undertaking studies, relevant experience,
and future publication and/or work plans (approximately 250 words)
Writing sample: Creative Writing - short fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript
(about 25 pages), 10 poems, or an appropriate excerpt of a longer genre
Writing sample: All other areas - 10- to 20-page document recently written in a graduate
seminar in English or a related area of study
Students who have either a general M.A. in English or an M.A. in English with an option
in TESL from OSU and who wish to pursue a PhD in English at OSU must request that
the English Graduate Office submit an admissions dossier to the Admissions Committee.
The dossier will include:
Copies of the M.A. Qualifying Examination or the M.A./TESL exam (the questions, student
responses, and readers’ reports)
All end-of-semester evaluations by faculty who have taught the applicants in graduate
* If the Admissions Committee decides to admit such students to the PhD program, they
are admitted fully and do not have to take the First-Year PhD Exam. However, OSU students
who complete the M.A. degree with an option in Technical Writing and who wish to pursue
the PhD in English at OSU must, for admission purposes, follow the procedures for
students with M.A. degrees from other institutions. Admission to the M.A. program
at OSU does not guarantee subsequent admission to the PhD program.
GRE not required
International applicants who aren't native English speakersmust submit one of the following:
TOEFL iBT minimum scores of 26 for Reading, 26 for Writing, and 100 for Total
IELTS minimum scores of 7.0 on Reading, Writing, and Total
* Please note that the Department of English's requirements for demonstration of English
language proficiency are more stringent than those of the Graduate College.
* The Department of English requires standardized Academic English proficiency test
scores for all graduate program applicants who are non-native speakers of English,
regardless of whether they have received previous degrees from U.S. institutions or
any other English-speaking country’s institutions.
January 1 (Priority Placement for fall admission)
March 1 (Fall admission)
October 15 (Spring admission)
Cost & Assistance
The Department of English employs a large number of graduate teaching assistants each
year. They instruct their own courses, work in the OSU Writing Center, and receive
mentoring and pedagogical training. Assistantships and tuition waivers are available
to the majority of our graduate students. Travel funding opportunities are available
on a competitive basis to support conference presentations and archival research.
Scholarships are also available to recognize outstanding work.
Applications received prior to the fall admission Priority Placement deadline of Jan.
1 are given first consideration for assistantships and financial incentives. Students
admitted in spring are typically not eligible for departmental funding, including
assistantships, until the following fall semester.