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English

The doctoral program in English builds on the foundations of the M.A. to allow students to focus on the cultural and literary heritage of Britain, America and other English-speaking lands. The Ph.D. degree has four primary goals: to develop fluency in the critical discourses of the profession; to develop the research, writing and analytical skills necessary for professional success; to gain an in-depth knowledge in three areas of research related to the dissertation; and to provide professional training and mentoring to prepare graduates to teach writing and literature at the college level.

Career Profile

Teaching writing and literature at the college level

Course Delivery Options

On-campus

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement, Writing samples/portfolio which includes work crossing various genres

Program Application Test Requirements

​GRE

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

​January 15

Admissions Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement, Writing samples/portfolio which includes work crossing various genres

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English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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