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The Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno offers both the MA and the PhD degrees.

MA areas of Emphasis include:

MFA in Creative Writing:

PhD areas of Emphasis include:

Our programs of study all allow for and encourage study and training across the various fields in the department, resulting in a remarkably productive and exciting intellectual atmosphere.

With nearly 30 graduate faculty, our program has specialists in most areas of literary, rhetorical, composition, and linguistic study.  UNR is a Carnegie-rated High Research Activity university, and our faculty are active researchers doing cutting-edge work in a variety of fields. At the same time, our graduate program (65-70 students) is small enough that students enjoy a sense of community and benefit from close faculty mentoring. Faculty members take their roles as mentors very seriously, giving students the careful attention that helps them define and achieve their professional goals.  Hence, our program has a low attrition rate and an exceptional placement rate (90-95%) for PhDs.  MA alumni have entered successful careers in writing, publishing, community college teaching, business, and non-profits and have been accepted to PhD programs at other top-rated universities. Our new MFA program seeks to draw exceptional poets and fiction writers who aspire to produce publishable creative writing in a changing and diverse literary landscape.

Graduate students may apply for teaching assistantships, which will allow them the opportunity to teach first-year composition and sophomore-level humanities courses. Our TA training program provides supportive mentorship and a research-based pedagogical foundation.  Doctoral candidates may also have the opportunity to teach courses in their fields. Both masters and doctoral students are eligible for funding to support their professional presentations at academic conferences.  Summer Research Assistantships provide an opportunity to work with faculty on their research projects.

To learn more about our graduate program, explore the menu options displayed at left.  For an introduction to the University of Nevada and surrounding area, visit the Discover Nevada page.

Director of Graduate Studies
Valerie Fridland
English Department, University of Nevada, Reno, NV  89557

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