Graduate Degrees-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Degrees

We offer three Master of Arts degrees and two Ph.D. programs: the Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies, the Master of Arts in Professional Writing, the Master of Arts in Rhetoric, the Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies and the Ph.D. in Rhetoric.

Masters Programs

M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies

The Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies is a one-year masters' programs intended primarily, though not solely, for students who wish to pursue academic careers. The program is intended for students who wish to study interpretive approaches that regularly link individual texts to the conditions of their production and reception. Students take classes alongside Ph.D. students in the same field and will find themselves well placed to apply to Ph.D. programs.

M.A. in Professional Writing

The Master of Arts in Professional Writing is a program designed for students who wish to directly enter the professional world as writers. Graduates of the MAPW program will be prepared to work as communication specialists in government, business, and industry. The program requires three semesters of coursework plus a professional internship.

M.A. in Rhetoric

The Master of Arts in Rhetoric is a one-year masters' program intended primarily, though not solely, for students who wish to pursue academic careers. The program features an interdisciplinary approach to discourse and the arts of inquiry, interpretation, and communication. Students take classes alongside Ph.D. students in the same field and will find themselves well placed to apply to Ph.D. programs.

Ph.D. Programs

Our Ph.D. degrees are appropriate for students who wish to pursue careers in higher education and academic research.

Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies

The Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies was among the first of its kind in the U.S. As the name suggests, the program in Literary and Cultural Studies is founded on interpretive approaches that regularly link individual texts to the conditions of their production and reception. The program combines extensive theoretical training, spanning many approaches, with an unrivalled flexibility of inquiry across the numerous subject areas of faculty expertise.

Ph.D. in Rhetoric

The Ph.D. in Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon is one of the oldest Ph.D. programs in rhetoric in the U.S. and continues to be one of the strongest. The program focuses on how people produce and understand discourse across a variety of social, cultural, and material contexts, in schools, workplaces, and communities. Students learn about the history and theory of rhetoric as well as about a variety of methods, both qualititative and quantitative, for pursuing their research.

Degree Requirements

Both degrees require 72 hours of coursework, a qualifying exam, and a prospectus and dissertation for completion. Please see the individual program pages for program-specific requirements. Both degree programs also offer four years of tuition support and a yearly stipend in return for teaching undergraduate courses.

application deadlines

M.A.s: We will re-open the application system on September 1, 2015. The deadline for applications
for the Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 academic year will be January 1.

Ph.D.s: The application portal is currently closed. We will begin accepting applications for the Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies and Rhetoric on September 1, 2015.