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About the English Graduate Program

Graduate Studies in the Department of English at Oklahoma State University is unique for its interdisciplinary range and individualized curricula. We offer graduate degrees in English with specializations in the following areas: 


Creative Writing (MFA, PhD)
Literature (MA, PhD)
Rhetoric and Writing Studies (MA with an option in Professional Writing, MA, PhD)
Screen Studies (MA, PhD)

Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (MA in Linguistics, MA with an option in TESOL, TESOL Certificate)

Applied Linguistics (PhD)

Our graduate students work with nationally and internationally recognized faculty. In all of our degree programs, students collaborate with their advisors to create individualized programs of study reflecting their own intellectual and creative interests while working towards their unique professional goals.


Teaching assistantships and tuition waivers are available to the majority of our graduate students. Teaching assistants instruct their own courses and work in the OSU Writing Center. Every graduate student receives mentoring and pedagogical training that prepares them for success as teachers, scholars, and writers, and as creators and disseminators of knowledge both in and beyond the academy.


Travel funding opportunities are available on a competitive basis to support conference presentations and archival research. Scholarships are also available to recognize outstanding work.


Our program is further distinguished by the fact that English department faculty edit field-leading journals with the assistance of advanced graduate students. These include:

Milton Quarterly
American Indian Quarterly
Journal of Linguistic Geography
The Cimmaron Review

Our graduate students regularly publish and present scholarly and creative works in journals and at conferences across the country and around the world.

Our students also benefit from a wide of range of interdisciplinary centers and institutes on campus. These include:

American Indian Studies
American Studies
Center for Africana Studies
Center for Oklahoma Studies
Center for Poets & Writers
Digital Humanities
Gender and Women's Studies


Accomplished scholars and creative writers are brought to campus to read, give craft talks, and attended graduate courses. Click here for a list of past speakers. 


Students are members of a university that maintains membership in the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS), the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), and in the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium (CRS). The NCAIS allows OSU students access to the Newberry's world-renowned collection in American Indian and Indigenous studies as well as the resources of the McNickle Center to offer programs and provide fellowships. The CRS offers competitive travel grants to junior faculty and graduate students to conduct research at the Newberry Library and/or attend CRS seminars, programs, and events.


Email to request more information about Graduate Studies at OSU or apply now.

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