Master's and Doctoral Programs

Graduate opportunities

Write your own future by pursuing a graduate degree in English or Creative Writing at the University of North Texas.

We offer coursework leading to a Master of Arts or a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English with concentrations in American, British or Anglophone literatures; creative writing (poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction); and rhetoric and composition. UNT is among a select group of universities — and the only one in the North Texas region — offering a creative writing concentration at the doctoral level.

A Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing is also available.

Gain new perspectives

You'll work closely with award-winning faculty members who have diverse backgrounds and interests. Their works have been published in the flagship journals in their fields and subfields (PMLA, College English and Speculum), as well as leading literary journals, including The Paris Review, Best American Poetry and Best American Spiritual Writing.

Our noted creative writing program features winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award, BBC International Short Story Award and Bernard F. Conners Prize for poetry. The program annually gives a $10,000 Rilke Prize for mid-career poets of noted excellence.

Students can collaborate with faculty members outside the classroom as research assistants, teaching fellows and in editorial positions with the three national literary and scholarly journals that we house: American Literary Review, Studies in the Novel and Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. You'll have opportunities to attend and participate in a variety of speakers' series such as:

  • The American Studies Colloquium
  • The Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Studies Group
  • The Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium
  • The Visiting Writers Series

Our membership in the Newberry Library Consortium allows you to undertake archival research or attend its conferences. If you're a creative writing student, American Literary Review sponsors weekly readings at coffeehouses 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'll need to complete the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and a specific set of department requirements. Graduate school and department requirements are outlined in our catalog. The application deadline for fall admission is Jan. 1.

Degree requirements

Master of Arts degree

The requirements vary based on the degree you're pursuing. The M.A. in English requires 30 credit hours with a thesis or non-thesis option. With the M.A. in Creative Writing, all students complete 33 credit hours of coursework. Specific requirements are available in the catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy degree

Literature students will need to complete 54 credit hours and Creative Writing students 57 credit hours beyond the master's degree. In addition, you'll need to select a faculty advisor and degree focus within the first 27 credit hours. An additional requirement is completing a qualifying exam. Specific requirements are available in the catalog.

Financial assistance

Departmental opportunities

  • Teaching fellowships with tuition coverage and stipend for select Ph.D. students
  • Departmental scholarships for select Ph.D. students
  • Graduate student travel grants
  • Graduate student prizes

University-wide opportunities

  • Toulouse Dissertation Award
  • Outstanding teaching fellow awards


Deborah Needleman Armintor, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Rice University. 18th-century British literature; gender/sexuality studies.

Angela Calcaterra, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina. Early American literature and culture; Indigenous literature and culture.

Joanna Davis-McElligatt, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa. Africana Studies; Comics studies.

Jeffrey Doty, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa. Early Modern literature and culture.

James Duban, Professor; Ph.D., Cornell University. Early American literature; 19th-century American literature.

Jehanne Dubrow, Professor; Ph.D., University of Nebraska. Poetry.

Ian Finseth, Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina. 19th-century American literature; African American literature; ecocriticism.

Jacqueline Foertsch, Professor; Ph.D., Tulane University. Post-1945 American literature and culture.

Devin Garofalo, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nineteenth-century British literature; ecocriticism.

Nora Gilbert, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Southern California. 19th-century British literature; early Hollywood film; gender studies; law and literature.

Stephanie Hawkins, Associate Professor; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo. 19th- and 20th-century American literature and culture; American modernism; science and literature.

Matthew Heard, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California-Riverside. Composition studies; pedagogy; rhetorical theory.

Anna Hinton, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Southern Methodist University. Africana Studies; disability studies.

David Holdeman, Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan. 20th-century Irish literature and culture; modern British and American poetry and drama; scholarly editing.

Liane Malinowski, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst. Rhetoric and Composition.

Corey Marks, Professor; Ph.D., University of Houston. Poetry.

Aja Martinez, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Arizona. Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English.

Miroslav Penkov, Professor; M.F.A., University of Arkansas. Fiction.

John Peters, Professor; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. British modernism; Joseph Conrad; Victorian literature; American modernism.

Alexander Pettit, Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington. Restoration and 18th-century literature; textual studies; modern and contemporary drama.

Masood Ashraf Raja, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University. Postcolonial literature and theory.

Javier Rodriguez, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Harvard University. Mexican American literature and culture; race and globalization; border studies.

Nicole Smith, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Rutgers University. Late medieval literature and culture; Chaucer.

John Tait, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Missouri. Fiction.

Jill Talbot, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas Tech University. Nonfiction.

Robert Upchurch, Professor; Ph.D., City University of New York. Early medieval literature and culture.

Jacqueline Vanhoutte, Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Washington. Renaissance drama; Shakespeare.

Priscilla Ybarra, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Rice University. Contemporary Chicana/o literature and ecocriticism.