Touring the stunning Connemara region is part of Dr. Barnhisel "Modern Irish Literature" study-abroad course.

English graduate students visit Lissadell House in Sligo, Ireland, as part of Dr. Barnhisel's "Modern Irish Literature" study-abroad course.

Dr. James Purdy presents on Digital Literacies at Rockland Community College.

Dr. Anna Gibson presents her work on The Digital Dickens Notes Project ( at the Spring 2017 Digital Humanities Panel.

Profs. Linda Kinnahan and Judy Suh were the lead organizers of the 2014 Modernist Studies Association conference in which dozens of Duquesne English grad students took part.

The English Department welcomes its new PhD students for the 2017 academic year. 

The English Department welcomes its new MA students for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

The 1611 edition of The Faerie Queene, donated by alum, Dr. Robert Giannetti. Read more about the donation in our newsletter.

Dr. Linda Kinnahan introduces poet Cynthia Hogue at the first Coffee House Reading of the semester.  

Ph.D. candidates Jo Sullivan and Bryon Williams accept 2015 awards for teaching excellence.

Graduate Degrees in English

The English graduate program is structured around the study of historical literary periods, within which a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches is taken. Students can pursue aesthetic, philosophical and cultural concerns, as well as such interests as humanism, literary theory, gender studies and canonical expression.

Programs include:

- Master of Arts in English
- Track in English
- Track in Literature and Writing

- Ph.D. in English Literature                                                                                


Application Information

Our graduate studies web site is meant to be the beginning of your studies toward an advanced degree. Within these pages you will find the information that you need to begin that journey. For further reference, here is the Graduate Student Handbook for the English Department. Welcome, and we hope you find your visit rewarding.

Click here to get the latest news from the English Department.

What types of courses are offered?

The English Department offers a variety of exciting courses in literature, creative writing, and film studies. Click here to see our latest course descriptions!

Curious about what type of research you can focus on in our graduate program? 

Listen to MA alum Mariah Crilley discussing her thesis:


**For International students**

For application information, please visit the International Admissions website.
If you are interested in an English as a Second Language program, please visit this website.