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Graduate Studies

Welcome to UT’s graduate program in English. We offer the MA and the PhD in English and the MFA in Creative Writing.  Our MA program offers two concentrations: Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies; and Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics.  Our PhD program offers three concentrations: Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies; Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics; and English with Creative Dissertation. Students enrolled in these concentrations also have the option to pursue Graduate Certificates in such fields as Africana Studies, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Online Teaching and Learning, Quantitative Research Methods in Education, and Social Theory.

Our graduate students have access to a nationally and internationally recognized graduate faculty and to a superb research library with special collections in British and American literary and cultural history. They also benefit from the presence and resources of the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the University of Tennessee Center for the Humanities.  Students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on advanced research and on journals such as International Journal of Nuclear Security, Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700ASAP/Journal, Victorians Institute Journal, Journal of Victorian Culture, and Grist: The Journal for Writers; to teach and design undergraduate courses; and to participate in our active Graduate Students in English organization.

We offer financial support for MA, MFA, and PhD candidates.  All funded students receive a tuition waiver (including summer courses), a teaching assistantship that pays a stipend, and a generous annual allowance for travel to conferences.  MA and MFA students who receive funding are funded for two years, while PhD students are funded for a maximum of five years. Additional funding is also available in the form of competitive awards within the department such as the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship, available to African American U.S. citizens of scholarly potential and talent; the Durant da Ponte American Literature Fellowship; and other awards that fund travel to archives, participation in summer institutes, and miscellaneous research expenses.  For a complete list of the department’s funding opportunities, see the appropriate section in the Graduate Handbook .

Our students regularly present their work at major conferences and publish in refereed journals, and our graduates teach in universities and colleges across the United States.  For a list of recent job placements, click here.


Application Deadlines (we only admit for fall)

  • December 1: PhD applications
  • January 15: MA applications
  • January 15: MFA applications

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Contact Information

Dr. Dawn Coleman, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
304 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Email: dcolema7@utk.edu

Leanne Hinkle,
Graduate Administrative Assistant
306 McClung Tower
Telephone: (865) 974-6933
Email: hinkle@utk.edu

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