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English  Doctoral


What is English at WVU like?


The doctoral program in English develops fluency in the critical discourses of the profession and prepares graduates to teach English professionally on the post-secondary level, or to enter a wide range of alternate academic careers.

Particular areas of departmental strength include:

Students may also specialize in a wide range of literatures and cultures, including but not limited to:

  • Medieval
  • Early American
  • Renaissance & Early Modern
  • 19th Century American
  • 17th Century
  • 20th Century American
  • Restoration and 18th Century
  • Contemporary
  • American
  • Romantic
  • Literary Theory
  • Victorian
  • Cultural Studies
  • Modern British
  • Digital Humanities
  • Contemporary British
  • Poetry
  • Postcolonial
  • Drama
  • Global Anglophone
  • The Novel
  • Transatlantic
  • Nonfiction
  • Native American
  • Rhetoric
  • African-American

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: January 5

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What are the requirements to apply for English at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the English graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Essay/Writing Sample

Additional application requirements:

  • The writing sample should be a 15 to 20-page analysis of literary or cultural texts. For more detailed information on what is required in a personal statement or writing sample, please visit the outlined instructions here.

Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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