English Graduate Program

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The Graduate Program in English at the University of Kentucky is widely regarded as among the best in the country. The 2010 National Research Council (NRC) survey of 122 PhD programs in English Language and Literature highlights the University of Kentucky’s exemplary record in faculty research and graduate student training, research, and job placement.  We scored particularly well in two key measures: faculty publications and graduate student placement. Since 2000, we have placed 94% of our doctoral students in academic jobs. The Department of English has an excellent placement record with students obtaining positions at the University of Arkansas, Kansas State University, University of North Dakota, Gonzaga University, Cardinal Stritch University, Chicago State University, Marshall University, and Western Kentucky University.

While the NRC survey generated did not provide ordinal rankings, an independent website phds.org used the survey data to calculate the rankings. According to its method, our doctoral program is ranked #15 out of 122 PhD granting English departments in the United States. Phds.org ranked our department #8 among public institutions. 

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Graduate Study in English

The Graduate Program in English at the University of Kentucky currently offers three graduate degrees: a Master of Arts in English, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and a Doctor of Philosophy in English.  The Department of English consists of 41 full-time faculty members and 94 graduate students, across the MA, MFA, and PhD programs. 

The department offers a range of courses in British, American, African-American, and Women’s Literature, Creative Writing, Film, and Literary Theory.  English Department programs are made possible by a nationally recognized faculty, a strongly supportive University of Kentucky Research Foundation, an active university press, and a research library of 1.2 million volumes.

Students interested in the program should take a look at our information on our curriculum, degree requirements, and admissions process.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at 859-257-6895.