Graduate Admissions

Northwestern's Graduate Program in English offers advanced instruction in the field of English and American literature for both Master's and Ph.D. candidates. Both programs require full-time residency, with seminars offered primarily during the day. The flexibility, interdisciplinary focus, and outstanding reputation of these programs--combined with the extraordinary scholarly and cultural resources available in Chicago, the beautiful lakeside campus in Evanston, fine local restaurants, and annual art and music festivals--all make Northwestern a superb place to earn a Master's or doctoral degree in English. Scholarly and library resources at nearby universities, as well as the Newberry Library and many cross-school and cross-disciplinary study groups and reading groups, provide a rich context for research and study at Northwestern.

The following pages give detailed information about program requirements for the Master's and Ph.D., as well as extensive guidelines about the admissions process. To gain a sense of the graduate program's expectations and culture, we recommend that interested students review the information contained here in the section of our website dedicated to the Graduate Program, as well as that in the pages of individual faculty members.

If you have particular questions about M.A. and Ph.D. admissions, please look through our FAQs. Applicants for the Non-Degree program can find the best answers to their questions at the Graduate School site.

Feel free to direct any further questions about our degree programs to the Graduate Program Assistant.

The following documents, formatted for printing, contain information on some of the period and genre sub-fields within the English Department:


Early Modern/Renaissance



20th/21st-c Anglophone/Transnational

Poetry & Poetics