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English Language and Literature (ENGL)   

Program Title and Classification

English Language and Literature

Graduate Degree Program

College: Arts and Humanities


The Department of English offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees; particular strengths of the department include early British literature; American literature; literature of the African diaspora; postcolonial and transnational literary studies; digital humanities; feminist theory and gender studies; and composition and rhetoric. The Department also offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (See listing for Creative Writing). Most students enrolled in graduate programs in English Language and Literature seek employment in higher education, but many also seek non-academic employment in publishing, business and technical writing, administration, and personnel management. To assist with placement, the department has a Placement Director and the university has a Career Development Center.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

  1. Statement of Purpose: Your statement of purpose should address the intended focus of your graduate studies and how your past educational experiences have prepared you for this course of study. If applicable, this statement would also be the place to address any unusual challenges that you may have faced during your academic career and/or the formative nature of any extracurricular activities (i.e. outreach activities, clubs, etc.) that may have had an impact on your intellectual development. (If you are applying to the PhD program but would like to be considered for the MA in the event that a PhD spot is unavailable, please also indicate that here.)
  2. Transcript(s)
  3. TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)

Program-Specific Requirements:

  1. Letters of Recommendation (3)
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  3. Academic CV
  4. Writing Sample: A single sample of critical writing of approximately 12-20 pages. While we encourage you to submit your best writing sample, we prefer a writing sample in your declared field of interest. The writing sample should include an updated works cited page to help us evaluate your critical and theoretical familiarity with a field, a period or a genre. (Uploaded to the Upload Requirements section of the application).

In addition to fulfilling Graduate School requirements, applicants to the M.A. degree program should present a 3.5 GPA in English and 24 hours of upper-level English courses. Applicants to the Ph.D. degree program should present at least a 3.7 GPA and a B.A. degree, normally in English Language and Literature. All M.A. and Ph.D applicants should submit a single critical writing sample of 12-20 pages as indicated on the application guidelines. General GREs are also required. For best consideration, complete applications for all degree programs should be submitted by December 8. Applications are not accepted after December 8. The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Admission is for the Fall semester only.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
8 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
8 Dec

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 30 credits

Non-thesis option: 30 credits

Concentration in Literature


ENGL 601: Literary Research and Critical Contexts (3 credits) or ENGL 602: Critical Theory and Literary Criticism (3 credits)

One course in Critical Theory, Genre, or Rhetoric (3 credits)

One course in each of the following areas (12 credits):

Medieval and Early Modern 

The Long 18th-century

The Long 19th-century

Modern and Contemporary

Concentration in Writing Studies and Rhetoric


ENGL 607: Readings in the History of Rhetorical Theory to 1900 (3 credits)

ENGL 775: Seminar in Composition Theory (3 credits) or ENGL 776: Seminar in Modern Rhetorical Theory (3 credits)

Four additional ENGL designated courses (12 credits)


Thesis option:

Electives (6 credits)

ENGL 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Non-thesis option:

Literature concentration: Writing Project (12 credits of electives)

Writing Studies and Rhetoric concentration: Capstone Project (12 credits of electives)


The M.A. degree program requires 30 credit hours of graduate work distributed to assure coverage of major historical fields. The student either may take 24 hours of coursework and write a thesis for the other six hours, or may take 30 hours of coursework and do a capstone writing project. The department also offers a special M.A. with a Concentration in Composition and Rhetoric; this degree program requires 30 credit hours of graduate work, provides thesis and non-thesis options, and balances courses in literature with courses in the theory of composition and rhetoric.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

A minimum of 36 credits of coursework is required for students entering the doctoral program without an M.A. A minimum of 27 credits of coursework is required for students entering the doctoral program with an M.A.

Requirements include:

ENGL 601: Literary Research and Critical Contexts (3 credits)

ENGL 602: Critical Theory and Literary Criticism (3 credits)

ENGL 611: Approaches to College Composition (3 credits)

ENGL 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (12 credits)

Five 700-level seminars

Four additional courses 600-700 level (12 credits)

Reading knowledge of one language other than English


The Ph.D. degree program requires a total of 36 credit hours of graduate work. PhD students must also 1) pass a qualifying examination in their areas of specialization; 2) demonstrate, through examination or coursework, evidence of reading competence in a foreign language related to their areas of specialization; and 3) complete a dissertation. Applicants to the Ph.D. program normally must have a B.A in English Language and Literature. Applicants who wish to pursue a Ph.D. but who do not have a English Language and Literature may apply to the M.A. program. In exceptional cases the Admissions Committee may decide to admit a student with a B.A. degree other than in English Language and Literature with the requirement that the student complete extra course work as deemed necessary.


Facilities and Special Resources

Resources for research in the College Park and Washington, D.C. area are unsurpassed. The university’s libraries hold over 2,000,000 volumes. In addition to the outstanding holdings of the Library of Congress, the area also offers the specialized resources of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Dumbarton Oaks, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Center for the Study of the Visual Arts among others.

UMCP is a member of the Consortium of Institutions in the Washington area, which permits graduate students at College Park to enroll in courses at other universities for graduate credit at UMCP. Graduate students in English also may take courses for graduate credit at the Folger Institute, which runs a series of seminars by distinguished scholars each year.

Financial Assistance

The English Department, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Humanities and the Graduate School, awards a combination of fellowships and teaching assistantships to admitted PhD candidates. Limited financial aid (usually in the form of teaching assistantships) is available to some incoming MA students.

Contact Statement

Additional information on admission, degree requirements, and financial aid can be obtained from:



Heather Dias, Academic Coordinator

2116 Tawes Hall

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-3798


Associated Information




English and American Literature. Concentration is available in Rhetoric and Composition. A Master’s in Creative Writing is offered (See listing for Creative Writing).


Comparative Literature (CMLT)

Creative Writing (CRWR)