The Ph.D. program may be completed within five years of the B.A., generally
within three years after the M.A., or within four years for those entering
with an M.A. from another school.
A Master's degree in the discipline is required. Applicants without a Master's
degree must apply to the M.A. program first and indicate the Ph.D. as their
final degree goal. Because our M.A./Ph.D. program is fully integrated, students
entering at the M.A. level can progress internally and non-competitively to
the Ph.D. program given satisfactory academic progress.
- 75 course credits. Includes M.A. credits; up to 30 credits
may be transferable from a recent M.A. taken elsewhere.
- Language Requirement. Evidence of ability
to make scholarly use of at least one language other than modern
English taken no more than five years before Ph.D. examinations,
presented by a grade of 3.0 or better in:
The Ph.D. Supervisory Committee may set an additional language requirement if this is
judged necessary for the particular specialization. All credits earned in fulfilling the
language requirement by coursework at the 100-400-lvel are in addition to the graduate
credits required for the degree.
- a 3.0 or higher in the final course of a second-year college-level course sequence
(or more advanced), taken within three years prior to entrance; or
- approved professional verification of native-speaker reading ability in another language;
- a passing score on a language exam administered by the University of Washington Office of Educational Assessment
- completion of Advanced Old English language and literature (Engl 513) with a grade of 3.0 or better;
- comparable alternatives, e.g., study abroad or summer immersion program (approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
- Ph.D. Examinations. Written examinations,
a course syllabus, and an oral, comprehensive General Examination,
based on reading lists prepared under the guidance of the student's
Ph.D. Supervisory Committee. The student plays an active role
in selecting this Committee and its Chair. There is flexibility
in defining the exam areas to meet individual interests, with
- Major Period
- Second Area or Special Topic
- Theory, Methodology, or Approach
Dissertation prospectus and dissertation.
- First approach to study in language and rhetoric
- Second approach to study in language and rhetoric
- Special topic or third approach to study in language and rhetoric
the English Graduate Office are available to answer questions concerning
admission and program requirements.