Department of English College of Social Sciences and Humanities Northeastern University

Department of English College of Social Sciences and Humanities Northeastern University


Graduate Programs in English at Northeastern University

The graduate program in English encompasses the study of British and American literature, literary history and theory, and rhetoric and composition, as well as linguistics. At Northeastern University, graduate study in English takes full advantage of the opportunities that the greater Boston area affords as the site of rich cultural and educational resources.

Graduate faculty members in the English Department at Northeastern University cover a spectrum of traditional literary fields from the medieval period to postmodernism, as well as rhetoric and composition, linguistics, and cinema studies. Research and teaching in interdisciplinary areas, including American studies, African American studies, gender studies, and cultural studies, are also well represented within the program.

The Department of English offers both doctoral and master's degrees. Students in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in English train to be productive scholars and teachers in their chosen fields. Coursework exposes students to the important texts, current issues, and critical methodologies of the discipline and is followed by a preliminary examination. Subsequently, comprehensive examinations require students to develop three defined areas of scholarly interest, and the dissertation provides an opportunity for designing a focused research project in consultation with a dissertation advisor. Throughout the program, faculty work closely with doctoral students to develop their scholarly and professional identities in preparation for careers in academia. The PhD program is full-time only.

PhD in English

The PhD program welcomes applications from students who hold either the BA or the equivalent, or the MA or the equivalent, at the time of entering the program. Students who hold the MA degree at the time of entry may receive credit for up to twenty-one semester hours of coursework (seven courses) toward the degree. All students who earn the PhD in English must receive credit for at least forty-two semester hours of coursework (fourteen courses); must pass a preliminary examination, an annual progress review, and a comprehensive examination; must satisfy the PhD language requirement of proficiency in two languages (classical or modern) other than English; and must write and defend a dissertation. Students entering with the BA in hand must complete all coursework within five years. Students entering with the MA in hand must complete all coursework within three years. All students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.500 to qualify for and maintain degree eligibility.

Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts program gives students broad exposure to the current state of literary studies--its history, its methodologies, its ever-changing canon, and its production of new knowledge. The program offers study in all areas of English and American literature, and in rhetorical criticism, the teaching of writing, and the role of rhetorical practices in shaping disciplinary, institutional, and cultural knowledge and identities. The MA program is open to both full- and part-time students.

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Dr. Laura Green
Phone: 617-373-3692

Contact Info
Dr. Elizabeth Dillon
Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 617-373-3692

Degrees & Award

Programs Offered:
Offers English (MA, Phd).
Degree Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S, One Foreign Language, Comprehensive Exam, Qualifying Exams; For Doctorate, 2 Foreign Languages, Comprehensive Exam, Thesis/Dissertation, Qualifying Exams.
Degree Program Information:
Part-Time And Evening/Weekend Programs Available.


Entrance Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S And Doctorate, GRE General Test, GRE Subject Test, Sample Of Written Work. Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL.
Application Deadline:
For Fall Admission, 2/1 Priority Date For Domestic Students, 2/1 For International Students. Applications Are Processed On A Rolling Basis.
Application Fee:
Student Statistics:
123 Applicants, 30% Accepted, 13 Enrolled.

Student Body

Student Population:
67 Full-Time, 1 Part-Time; Includes 5 Minority (3 Asian Americans Or Pacific Islanders, 2 Hispanic Americans), 6 International.


33 Full-Time (22 Women), 28 Part-Time/Adjunct (22 Women).

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
In 2011&Ndash;12, 30 Teaching Assistantships With Tuition Reimbursements (Averaging $15,550 Per Year) Were Awarded; Fellowships With Tuition Reimbursements, Research Assistantships With Tuition Reimbursements, Career-Related Internships Or Fieldwork, Tuition Waivers (Full And Partial), And Unspecified Assistantships Also Available. Financial Award Application Deadline: 3/1; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.

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