Ph.D. in English

Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a graduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Contact information

Program Director: James Mardock
Phone: (775) 682-6372

How do I apply?

Fall Application Deadline: December 15. Spring Application Deadline: October 15. Learn how to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno.

What will I learn with a doctoral degree in English?

Doctoral-level study offers English students the chance to conduct original research within one of the many sub-areas of the field and become subject-matter experts on a chosen topic - essential experiences for aspiring professors, authors and researchers. The University's Department of English offers two areas of emphasis within its Ph.D. program, each geared toward a specific realm of English scholarship:

  • Literature: In this rigorous but flexible emphasis, individual programs of literature-focused study are shaped by the Ph.D. student and his or her advisory committee. Students in the program are strongly encouraged to participate in professional activities, including academic conferences.
  • Rhetoric and writing studies: This emphasis offers core work in rhetoric and writing theory, coupled with focused study in other fields of English language and literature, with possibilities for interdisciplinary study as well. Students in the program will be active in professional activities of various kinds, such as publishing, participating in conferences and serving as interns.

Students design their programs of study following departmental guidelines in consultation with their advisory committees, complete comprehensive examinations in their fields of specialization and pursue original research resulting in a dissertation of publishable quality. The program is designed to help students bring highly relevant credentials into careers as professional academics.

Faculty in the Department of English are experts in topics such as rhetorical theory, composition theory, digital and visual rhetoric, British literature, American literature, gender studies, public engagement and science. This scope of expertise gives Ph.D. students numerous options for exploring specialized subtopics within the field with highly qualified mentors.

Our program is a perfect blend of academic rigor, faculty expertise and mentorship. We emphasize a collaborative approach between students and faculty advisers from day one and also offer a remarkably supportive graduate community, where students become true colleagues and peers.

Application process & degree requirements

English Graduate Handbook

Read through the English doctoral degree handbook to find out if this advanced degree program is right for you.

Program handbook
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