Master's and Doctoral Programs

Graduate opportunities

In the English department at the University of North Texas, we challenge you to do more than complete course work. Our students work closely with faculty mentors as research assistants, teaching fellows, writers and critics. This helps you to become a more prepared, engaging and vital contributor in your chosen career field.

We offer course work leading to a Master of Arts or a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing. The Ph.D. degree also offers a concentration in creative writing.

Our more than 30 tenure and tenure-track professors have diverse backgrounds and interests reflected in the two dozen graduate seminars we present each year. You can pursue studies in American, British or Anglophone literatures, creative writing (poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction), and rhetoric and composition.

Faculty members have had their works published in top academic journals and in monographs and editions published by university presses. Creative writing faculty members have authored books and had works appear in The Paris Review, Best American Poetry and Best American Spiritual Writing.

Opportunities for collaboration outside the classroom also exist in editorial positions with the American Literary Review, Studies in the Novel and Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies, three national literary and scholarly journals that we house.

You will have several opportunities to attend and participate in a variety of speakers’ series that include:

  • the American Studies Colloquium
  • a departmental Lecture Series
  • the Early British Literature Colloquium
  • the Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium
  • a Visiting Writers Series

Our membership in the Newberry Library Consortium allows you to undertake archival research or attend its conferences. If you are a creative writing student, the American Literary Review sponsors weekly readings at coffee houses and involves students in its editorial work and annual contests. The Graduate Students in English Association organizes an annual conference that attracts presenters from around the country.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You will need to complete the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School as well as a specific set of department requirements. Graduate school and department requirements are outlined in the catalog. The application deadline for fall admission is Jan. 1.

Degree requirements

For a complete listing of degree requirements, visit the catalog.

Financial assistance

Departmental opportunities

  • graduate tuition scholarships for select Ph.D. students
  • teaching fellowships (approx. $14,400 plus health insurance) for select Ph.D. students
  • departmental scholarships for select Ph.D. students
  • graduate student travel grants
  • graduate student prizes

University-wide opportunities

  • doctoral fellowships (tuition scholarship, one-year research fellowship, three-year teaching fellowship, plus health insurance)
  • doctoral dissertation fellowships (one-year research fellowship, tuition scholarship, plus health insurance)
  • McNair Scholars fellowships
  • outstanding teaching fellow awards