The PhD program involves course work, proficiency in a second language, a preliminary examination, a dissertation, and a final defense. Students entering the PhD program must have an MA or equivalent degree by the time of enrollment. Students who did not receive their MA or equivalent degree from UWM must pass an Academic Review. Students must pass their preliminary examination within five years from the date of initial enrollment in the doctoral program and must complete all degree requirements within a total of ten years in the doctoral program.
The MA degree at UWM involves course work, a master’s project, and an oral exam. All degree requirements must be completed within five years of initial enrollment. The project must be completed and the exam taken within one year after completing 30 credits.
For MA course requirements for each of our five separate programs, please see the requirements page of the Graduate Handbook.
MA/MLIS Coordinated Degree
In cooperation with the School of Information Studies, the Department of English offers the Master of Arts/Master of Library Information Science (MA/MLIS) coordinated degree program to prepare students for positions as humanities librarians. Students enrolled in this program concurrently pursue an MA degree in English and an MLIS degree. Admission to the MA/MLIS degree is contingent upon acceptance to graduate studies by the Department of English and the School of Information Studies. Therefore, students must apply to both programs as well as to the Graduate School. Prerequisite to the award of either degree in this program is the simultaneous award of its counterpart degree.
Students interested in the MA/MLIS program are required to choose one of five study concentrations in the Department of English graduate studies program. Those concentrations are:
- Literature and Cultural Theory
- Rhetoric, Professional Writing, and Community Engagement
- Creative Writing
- Media, Cinema and Digital Studies
In addition, students are expected to follow all the requirements and standards of the Department of English with one exception: the MA portion of the MA/MLIS degree requires the successful completion of at least 21 credits as opposed to the 30 credit requirement of the standard MA program offered by the Department of English.
Students will indicate their choice of the MA/MLIS degree on the Graduate School admissions application as well as on the application to the Department of English. Study concentration selection must also be indicated on the Department of English admissions application. Check the Admissions page for application deadlines.
For information on applying to the Master of Library Information Science program, visit the School of Information Studies web site.
In addition to its degree programs, the Department also offers a Certificate program in Professional Writing and Communication. This program provides valuable training in the professional field but requires roughly half the credits of our MA program.