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Ph.D. in English

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Admission to Ph.D. from Master’s Program

Students admitted only to the MA program at TCU must reapply for admission to the Ph.D. program. Their records are subject to review by the department’s graduate admissions committee: admission is not automatic.


Completion of Prior Master’s degree

In special cases, students may be given provisional admittance to the Ph.D. program if they have not yet completed their master’s program. They will, however, lose any fellowship, departmental assistantship, graduate instructorship or graduate assistantship appointment if they have not completed their master’s degree before the beginning of their second year in the TCU doctoral program.


“Transferable” Credit

Doctoral program students who have completed a master’s degree in English studies at another appropriately accredited university may receive credit for as much as six courses (18 credit hours). The director of graduate studies will assess a student’s official transcripts and make an appropriate judgment concerning such courses.

When a student’s earlier coursework is incomplete, or in a disciplinary field other than English studies, or completed more than six years previously, such credits are not transferable. Transfer credit is not available for students in the MA program.

Technically, the department does not “transfer” credit, but instead certifies to the university that appropriate graduate coursework has been completed elsewhere; TCU requires that all doctoral students complete at least 30 hours of course work at TCU, not including dissertation guidance.


Course Requirements

Students must complete for credit a minimum of 54 semester hours of graduate courses, exclusive of 12 credit hours for the dissertation. Post-graduate hours completed more than seven years prior to a student’s admission into TCU’s English graduate program may not count toward requirements; the graduate adviser will determine applicable credit on a case-by-case basis.

Of the 54 hours, at least 36 hours must be taken at TCU. Students must take 12 hours in foundations to the profession and remaining hours in electives, as outlined below.

I. Foundations to the profession (12 hours):

Students must complete 12 hours in coursework that addresses each of the four areas of coursework listed below. The course in critical theory may be satisfied through transfer/waiver.

3 hours ENGL 60513 — Teaching College Composition
3 hours ENGL 60113 — Introduction to Graduate Studies and the Profession of English
3 hours ENGL 60803 — Literature Pedagogy
3 hours ENGL 60123 — Introduction to Modern Critical Theory

II. Electives (24 hours):

Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours in coursework that addresses at least four of the six areas listed below. Although each three-hour seminar typically addresses two of the following areas, students will receive credit for only one area per course.

  • Genre
  • Historical engagement
  • National/transnational/comparative approaches
  • Research methods/methodology
  • Textual/scholarly production
  • Theory
  • Students should select their additional coursework based on intended area(s) of specialization, in consultation with the director of graduate studies.


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To learn more about language requirements, examinations, dissertations and advising, see the graduate catalog.