Application deadline extended for fall 2016.
The deadline for fall 2016 graduate applications for the department English PhD, MA and Creative Writing-MFA program has been extended to midnight, Saturday, January 30, 2016. Questions? Contact our graduate program assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I apply?
For detailed instructions regarding the online application process, please see the application instructions located on the main university website.
Frequently asked questions
How many students do you accept in your masters-level program? In your doctorate-level program?
Each year the department receives over seven hundred applications, and we are able to enroll around thirty MA students and four PhD students.
How many students are currently in the program?
The department consists of approximately 117 students, and maintains a student population of around 39 PhDs, 53 MAs and 25 MFAs.
Do you have funding opportunities available?
Yes! Most MA and MFA candidates receive at least one semester of funding to work as teaching assistants. No separate application is needed as these decisions are made by the associate chair for graduate studies prior to each semester’s course scheduling. TA-ships are dependent on undergraduate enrollment. PhD candidates usually receive funding as research assistants during their first year and begin teaching literature courses in their second year. All students are also eligible for a range of funding through university fellowships and departmental grants.
Do you offer teaching opportunities?
Yes! MA candidates may work as teaching assistants in a range of literature courses, and most TA work includes leading weekly recitation sections. PhD candidates work as instructors for 1000-3000 level undergraduate literature courses and the department strives to match doctoral students with teaching assignments in their field of interest.
Is there a foreign language requirement for graduate students?
Yes. All MA and PhD students must pass a written exam in a second language of their choice given by the department each term. Language tests are given in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Latin each semester, and other language tests may be specially arranged.
Does the department require a specific GPA to apply to a graduate program?
Yes. Students applying for graduate study must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (per Graduate School rules) or higher to be considered for any program.
Do I have to take the GRE? Does the department have minimum score requirements?
The department requires all applicants to take the general GRE exam but no longer requires them to take the GRE English Literature subject test. While the department does not have minimum score requirements, most successful applicants receive verbal scores in or above the 85th percentile and analytical writing scores of 4.5 or higher. The institutional code for sending GRE scores is 4841.
What our graduate students say
Christopher Haynes, PhD program: “Graduate students are the English Department’s greatest asset. Nowhere in my wanderings through the academe have I seen such a collegial, collaborative, compassionate, and genuinely collective group of peers. Nowhere to be found is the competitiveness, the secrecy, or the isolation that all too frequently marks graduate study in the humanities. Everywhere there is mutuality, support, constructive challenge, and critical engagement.”
Rebecca Schneider, PhD program: “When I applied to PhD programs, the University of Colorado was high on my list from the beginning. On a purely selfish level, I thought Boulder was one of the most beautiful places I could choose to spend the next five years of my life. Then there’s the program itself, which, combined with the graduate community and the limitless opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors, makes an epic trifecta of awesomeness. The faculty, especially the Romanticists, have impressive reputations that extend internationally. When you meet them in person you find they are just as invested in developing individual grad student talent as they are in leaving a lasting mark on their respective fields. I look forward to every day of work ahead and I feel like my research, my writing, and my community here at the University of Colorado are each contributing new knowledge that is relevant and exciting.”
Deven Parker, PhD program: “The Department of English’s Graduate Program not only provides me with rigorous coursework, resources for professionalization, and early job market preparation – everything I’d expect from a competitive program – but also a supportive network of faculty and peers who feel more like family than colleagues. From approachable advisers to group writing sessions, from weekly happy hours to seminar paper swaps, our Program’s close-knit community has ensured that my graduate experience thus far has been profoundly happy and successful.”
Stephanie Couey, MFA program: “This past spring I took a Creative Nonfiction workshop with Noah Eli Gordon and eight other exceptionally cunning, perceptive writers. Somehow, within a space of trust, both intellectually and emotionally, we experienced a workshop unlike any we’d had before. By consistently bending and challenging genre to capture our individual truths in writing, we bent and challenged ourselves to create and recognize new, bright truths within us. Some of my strongest pieces came, and continue to come, from the voice I was able to claim from this class. We laid out our barest experiences and ruminations each time we met, and became more sensibly unbridled as artists. I will never, ever forget this class and the individuals I was able to share it with.”