Graduate Study in English, University of North Texas

The Department of English

With over thirty tenured and tenure-track professors, the department offers students opportunities to work closely with a variety of faculty whose diverse backgrounds and interests are reflected in over two dozen graduate seminars offered each year. With such a robust diversity and a tradition of excellence, students can pursue studies in American and British Literature (both early and late), Creative Writing (Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction), and Rhetoric and Composition. The English department prides itself in asking students not simply to come and read our essays, poems, articles, and books but to work closely with their faculty mentors as research assistants, teaching fellows, writers, and critics. As a consequence, students graduate more prepared to join and contribute to conversations in their respective fields and professions as independent voices. Opportunities for collaboration also exist outside the classroom in the form of editorial positions at the American Literary Review and Studies in the Novel, the two national literary and scholarly journals housed in the Department of English, and, we hope in the future, at the Journal of Advanced Composition, an on-line forum for rhetoric, writing, culture, and politics. Our students find placement in a wide variety of programs ranging from the University of Michigan to the University of Texas at Austin, and various tenure-track jobs ranging from Angelo State University to Furman College. Steady hiring spurred on by UNTs national recognition has resulted in new hires in Early American, Contemporary Anglophone, and Latina/o Literature, Fiction, and Rhetoric and Composition, with others in Poetry, Early Modern, and African-American Literature projected to follow.

Degree Programs

We offer the Ph.D. and M.A. with a focus in Creative Writing, Literature, or Rhetoric and Composition. (For a complete listing of the requirements for each degree, please visit

Competitive Funding Opportunities

Departmental Opportunities

  • Tuition Scholarships for select doctoral students
  • Teaching Fellowships ($14,365-$20,000 and health insurance at no cost) for select doctoral and(occasionally) advanced master’s students
  • Graduate Student Travel Grants for doctoral and master’s students

University-wide Opportunities

  • Doctoral Fellowships (four-year Tuition Scholarship, first-year Research Fellowship, three-
  • year Teaching Fellowship, health insurance at no cost)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (one-year Research Fellowship with $18,000 stipend, tuition scholarship, and health insurance at no cost)
  • McNair Scholars Fellowships
  • $1,000 Academic Achievement Scholarships

Graduate Student Travel Grants

UNT prides itself on supporting master’s and doctoral candidates of color, including African-American, Latina/o, Chicana/o, and Native American students, as well as International students from around the world, and we strongly encourage such students to apply.


Thanks to the generosity of English department donors, the Mary Patchell, Ray Stoker, and Veta Percy Watson Scholarships support our best graduate students with awards ranging from $500 to $5000 each year. The Pearla Irene Marquez Memorial Scholarship awards a prize and a check for the best graduate student paper in medieval and Renaissance studies.

The department also recognizes an Outstanding Graduate Student at the annual departmental Awards Ceremony, while on Honors Day, the University recognizes four Outstanding Teaching Fellows with $500 prizes for their superior achievements. As a reflection of the department’s commitment to mentoring and teacher training, students in English routinely win these awards.

A Vibrant Intellectual Culture

The department offers a rich intellectual environment for graduate students, providing them opportunities to attend and participate in a variety of speakers’ series, including a departmental Lecture Series, a Visiting Writers Series, the Early British Colloquium, and the UNT Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium. The American Literary Review sponsors weekly readings for UNT creative writing students at local coffee houses and also involves them in the magazine’s editorial work and annual contests. The Graduate Students in English Association organizes both an annual graduate student conference that attracts presenters from around the country and an annual used book sale whose proceeds go towards departmental scholarships.

We make available travel grants to conferences and increase funding for students and mentors who attend together. By virtue of UNT’s membership in the Newberry Library Consortium, graduate students in English can also apply for scholarships to undertake archival research or attend conferences there.

In an effort to increase its students’ marketability, the department also create opportunities for successful doctoral students to teach not only college writing but a variety of literature courses, and we award merit raises to those Teaching Fellows who, at the appropriate stages of their graduate careers, excel at teaching, giving papers or readings, and publishing their creative or scholarly work in peer-reviewed venues.

Whether students pursue master’s or doctoral degrees to achieve traditional or non-traditional career goals, the UNT Department of English places great stock in preparing and encouraging them to engage fully in their chosen profession.

The University of North Texas at Denton

UNT is a student-centered, public research university located in Denton, Texas. Home to over 36,000 students, 101 master’s and 49 doctoral programs, and a major research library with over 6 million holdings, UNT was recently recognized as “leading the pack” in innovative changes among national universities. Not only is UNT a rewarding place to pursue graduate study, but Denton provides a great home for graduate students. The New York Times recently featured Denton, with its clubs and coffee houses, as “the new cool” in a “hotbed” of independent music and characterized the city (population 109,000) as combining “the bohemian charm of Berkeley with the rural folksiness of the South.” With their world-class cultural arts districts and music venues and a diversity of communities, downtown Dallas and Fort-Worth lie less than an hour south, with Dallas soon to be accessible by light rail, while less than an hour north, the lakes, wildlife refuges, and grasslands of North Texas offer a different kind of entertainment. UNT is ideal for the serious graduate student seeking academic and professional development, one-on-one mentoring, and intellectual community in a friendly, supportive environment.

For More Information

We encourage prospective students to visit our website at and to contact the Director of Graduate Studies to arrange a campus visit or a meeting with a particular member of the graduate faculty.

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of English

University of North Texas

1155 Union Circle #311307

Denton, Texas 76203-5017


(fax) 940.565.4355