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Doctoral Programs

Over a hundred students strong, the Ph.D. program affords students close professional contact with and guidance from a diverse graduate faculty distinguished in its commitment to both teaching and research.

All doctorates in English have a foundation in studies of British and American language and literature, thus Ph.D. students receive a broad education in the discipline that prepares them to teach effectively at any college level and provides the background for advanced research in their areas of particular expertise.

With the help of faculty mentors, students have the flexibility to fashion a course of study, comprehensive examinations, and dissertation research both in these concentrations and in such specialized areas as critical theory, African American literature, women's folklore and literature, and children's literature.

Application Information

Applicants to the doctoral program in English should normally possess an M.A. or equivalent degree in English or American literature or a closely allied field. Applicants must submit:

  • an online application (which can be found on the Graduate School site)
  • an assistantship and/or fellowship application (if applying for funding, downloadable on the Graduate School site)
  • official GRE scores (General Test only)
  • undergraduate and graduate transcripts for all schools attended, testifying to solid academic preparation for advanced work
  • three letters of recommendation (preferably academic)
  • a critical writing sample (10-20 pp.)
  • a personal statement describing motivations and interests in choosing doctoral work (1-2 pp.)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Applicants in creative writing should submit electronically to the graduate coordinator, in addition to a critical work, a sample of their creative writing to englgrad@louisiana.edu, preferably in PDF format. (15-20 pp.)


All application materials, with the exception of creative writing samples, should be sent directly to the Graduate School, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504-4610. For Fall admission, the deadline for submitting all materials is 15 February for students seeking support. For those not seeking support, applications and supporting documents must be submitted at least 30 days before the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought, and at least 90 days for applications from foreign countries. The Graduate School will notify applicants of its decision after receiving all required credentials. The department will notify applicants of assistantship and fellowship decisions.

For more information or questions about the application write to the

Graduate Coordinator
Department of English
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
LA 70504-4691
Phone: 337-482-6919
Email: englgrad@louisiana.edu