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Graduate Programs

TCU’s tradition of excellence in graduate studies combines intellectual development with practical training and professional mentoring. Because we admit only 10-12 students per year, we are able to give students individual attention throughout their degree program.

Program Choices

Our department offers three graduate programs:

MA in English
The MA in English enables students to pursue coursework in literary studies, creative writing, and rhetoric and composition.

Ph.D. in English
The Ph.D. in English enables students who wish to focus intensively on literary studies to do so; all students take coursework in literature and rhetoric/composition to ensure that they have the training and skills for diverse career pathways.

Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition
The Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition enables students who wish to focus intensively on writing, literacy studies, rhetoric and new media to do so, while still having access to course work in other areas of English studies.


Benefits for You

  • A nationally respected faculty with strong research and publication profiles
  • A program that is small enough and friendly enough to allow for individual intellectual development and career mentoring
  • A balanced and flexible course of study that allows you to integrate work in literary studies along with rhetoric and composition, or to focus on one research area alone
  • Competitive graduate fellowships that typically provide five years of funding for Ph.D. students who enter with a BA and four years of funding for students who enter with an MA
  • Appointments for graduate instructors that carry a 1:1 teaching load
  • Excellent mentoring of your teaching, including summer workshops, graduate courses in pedagogy, and opportunities to apply for teaching assignments in your research area
  • Opportunities for research and publication experience in journals such as descant and small presses, such as TCU Press
  • An excellent record of student placement and publication


For More Information

Dr. Brad Lucas
Director of Graduate Studies

Merry Roberts
Academic Program Specialist