English Language and Literature (ENGL)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Arts and Humanities

Abstract

The Department of English offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees; particular strengths of the department include early British literature; American literature; literature of the African diaspora; postcolonial and transnational literary studies; digital humanities; feminist theory and gender studies; and composition and rhetoric. The Department also offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (See listing for Creative Writing). Most students enrolled in graduate programs in English Language and Literature seek employment in higher education, but many also seek non-academic employment in publishing, business and technical writing, administration, and personnel management. To assist with placement, the department has a Placement Director and the university has a Career Development Center.

Financial Assistance

The English Department, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Humanities and the Graduate School, awards a combination of fellowships and teaching assistantships to admitted PhD candidates. Limited financial aid (usually in the form of teaching assistantships) is available to some incoming MA students.

Contact

Tawes Hall
7751 Alumni Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Email: englishgrad@umd.edu
Website:  http://www.english.umd.edu
Courses:  ENGL
Relationships:  Comparative Literature (CMLT)Creative Writing (CRWR)

General Requirements

  1. Statement of Purpose: A statement addressing the intended focus of your graduate studies and how your past educational experiences have prepared you for this course of study. If applicable, this statement would also be the place to address any unusual challenges that you may have faced during your academic career and/or the formative nature of any extracurricular activities (i.e. athletics, outreach activities, clubs, etc.) that may have had an impact on your intellectual development. (If you are applying to the PhD program but would like to be considered for the MA in the event that a PhD spot is unavailable, please also indicate that here.)
  2. Transcript(s)
  3. TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)

Program-Specific Requirements

  1. Letters of Recommendation (3)
  2. Academic CV
  3. Writing Sample: A single sample of critical writing of approximately 12-20 pages. While we encourage you to submit your best writing sample, we prefer a writing sample in your declared field of interest. The writing sample should include an updated works cited page to help us evaluate your critical and theoretical familiarity with a field, a period or a genre. (Uploaded to the Upload Requirements section of the application).

In addition to fulfilling Graduate School requirements, applicants to the M.A. degree program should present a 3.5 GPA in English and 24 hours of upper-level English courses. Applicants to the Ph.D. degree program should present at least a 3.7 GPA and a B.A. degree, normally in English Language and Literature. All M.A. and Ph.D. applicants should submit a single critical writing sample of 12-20 pages as indicated on the application guidelines. We accept general GRE scores but are  waiving the requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For best consideration, complete applications for all degree programs should be submitted by December 1. Applications are not accepted after December 1. The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Admission is for the Fall semester only.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents December 1, 2022
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants December 1, 2022

RESOURCES AND LINKS:

Program Website: http://www.english.umd.edu
Application Process: https://gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Resources for research in the College Park and Washington, D.C. area are unsurpassed. The university’s libraries hold over 2,000,000 volumes. In addition to the outstanding holdings of the Library of Congress, the area also offers the specialized resources of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Dumbarton Oaks, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Center for the Study of the Visual Arts among others

UMCP is a member of the Consortium of Institutions in the Washington area, which permits graduate students at College Park to enroll in courses at other universities for graduate credit at UMCP. Graduate students in English also may take courses for graduate credit at the Folger Institute, which runs a series of seminars by distinguished scholars each year.

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Arnold Elizabeth Full Member B.A. Oberlin College, 1981; M.A. University of Chicago, 1984; Ph.D. 1991; M.F.A. Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Creative Writing
Auchard John Full Member B.A. New York University, 1970; M.A. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1971; Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1980. Professor Emeritus, English Language and Literature
Auerbach Jonathan D. Full Member B.A. University of California-Santa Cruz, 1976 M.A. Johns Hopkins University, 1978; Ph.D. 1984. President Emeritus, English Language and Literature
Avilez GerShun Full Member B.A. Hendrix College 2002, M.A. Temple University 2004, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 2009 Professor, English Language and Literature
Graduate Director, English Language and Literature
Bailey Amanda Full Member B.A., Oberlin College, 1988; M.A. Univ. of Michigan, 1992; Ph.D. 1998. Chair, English Language and Literature
Professor, English Language and Literature
Balachandran Orihuela Sharada Full Member B.A. Mills College; Ph.D. Univ. of California, Davis. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Bauer Ralph R. Full Member B.A., University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, 1991; M.A., Michigan State University, 1993; Ph.D., 1997. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Berlin Adele Full Member B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1964; Ph.D. 1976. Professor Emerita, English Language and Literature
Professor Emerita, Jewish Studies
Bryer Jackson R. Full Member B.A. Amherst College, 1959; M.A. Columbia University,1960; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1965. Professor Emeritus, English Language and Literature
Caramello Charles A. Full Member B.A. Wesleyan University, 1970; M.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1973; Ph.D. 1978. Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Carretta Vincent Full Member B.A. State University of New York-Binghamton, 1968; M.A. 1971; Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1977. Professor Emeritus, English Language and Literature
Cartwright Kent Full Member B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1965; M.A., Case Western Reserve 1968; PhD., 1979. Professor Emeritus, English Language and Literature
Chico Tita Full Member A.B., Vassar College, 1991; M.A., New York University, 1994; Ph.D., 1998. Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Cohen William A. Full Member B.A., Swarthmore College, 1985; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1993. Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, Comparative Literature
Coleman Linda K. Full Member A.B., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1973; M.A., 1973; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1982. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Associate Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Coles Kimberly Full Member B.A., Columbia, University, 1994; M.A.,1996; M.Phil., Oxford University, 1998; D.Phil., 2003. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Coletti Theresa M. Full Member B.A.,University of Pittsburgh, 1971; M.A., University of Rochester, 1973; Ph.D.,University of Rochester, 1975. Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Collier Michael R. Full Member B.A., Connecticut College, 1976; M.F.A.,University of Arizona, 1979. Director, Creative Writing
Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Creative Writing
Collins Merle Full Member B.A., University of the West Indies-Mona, Jamaica, 1972;M.A., Georgetown University, 1980; Ph.D.,London School of Economics & Political Science, 1990. Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Donawerth Jane L. Full Member B.A., Miami University-Oxford, 1969; M.A.,University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1970; Ph.D., 1975. Professor, Comparative Literature
Professor Emerita, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Enoch Jessica Full Member B.A., University of Iowa, 1996; M.A., Pennsylvania State university, 1999; Ph.D., 2003. Professor, English Language and Literature
Fahnestock Jeanne D. Full Member B.A., University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, 1966; M.A., Indiana University-Bloomington, 1967; Ph.D., University of London, 1970. Professor Emerita, English Language and Literature
Fleming Julius Full Member B.A. Tougaloo College, 2009; A.M. Univ. of Pennsylvania, 2011; PhD. 2014. Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Fraistat Neil R. Full Member B.A., University of Connecticut-Storrs, 1974; M.A.,University of Pennsylvania, 1976; Ph.D., 1979. Professor, English Language and Literature
Fuentes Gabrielle Full Member B.A., Brown University 2008, M.F.A. University of Colorado, Boulder, 2013, Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2017 Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Gaycken Oliver Full Member B.A., Princeton University, 1994; M.A., University of Chicago, 1996; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2005. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Graduate Director, Comparative Literature
Hamilton Donna B. Full Member B.A., Saint Olaf College, 1963; Ph.D.,University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1968. Professor Emerita, English Language and Literature
Infante Chad Full Member B.A. CUNY 2011, MA Northwestern 2013, PhD Northwestern 2018 Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Israel Michael Full Member B.A., U.C. Berkeley, 1989 Ph.D., U.C. San Diego, 1998 Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Associate Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Kauffman Linda Full Member B.A., University of California-Santa Barbara, 1971; Ph.D., 1978. Professor Emerita, English Language and Literature
Professor Emeritus, Comparative Literature
Kill Melanie Full Member B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1999; M.A., University of Washington, 2003; Ph.D., 2008. Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Kirschenbaum Matthew G. Full Member B.A., SUNY Albany, 1992; M.A., University of Virginia, 1994; Ph.D., 1999. Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Affiliate Associate Professor, Information Management
Affiliate Associate Professor, Information Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
Konstantinou Lee Full Member B.A., Cornell Univ., 2000; M.A., Stanford Univ., 2008; Ph.D., 2009. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Kraus Kari Michaele Full Member B.A., Texas A&M University, 1991; M.A., Texas A&M University, 1995; Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2006. Associate Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Associate Professor, Information Management
Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Assistant Professor, Information Studies
Leinwand Theodore B. Full Member B.A., Hamilton College, 1973; M.A.,Johns Hopkins University, 1978; Ph.D., 1980. Professor Emeritus, English Language and Literature
Leonardi Susan Full Member B.A.,Immaculata College, 1968; M.A., University of California-Davis, 1982; Ph.D., 1986. Professor Emerita, English Language and Literature
Levine Robert S. Full Member B.A., Columbia University, 1975; M.A.,Stanford University, 1977; Ph.D., 1981. Distinguished University Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Lindemann Marilee Full Member B.A., Indiana University, 1981; M.A., Rutgers State University, 1983; Ph.D., 1991. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Logan Shirley W. Full Member B.A., Johnson C. Smith University, 1964; M.A.,University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1966; Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park, 1988. Professor Emerita, English Language and Literature
Mallios Peter Full Member A.B., University of California-Berkeley; M.A., University of Chicago, 1992; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2000. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Moser Thomas Colborn, Jr. Full Member B.A., Harvard University, 1973 M.A., Yale University, 1979; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1987. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Norman Howard Full Member B.A., Western Michigan University, 1972; M.A., Indiana University-Bloomington, 1976. Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Creative Writing
Nunes Zita Full Member B.A., Brown University, 1983; M.A.,University of California-Berkeley, 1986; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley 1994. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Ontiveros Randy Full Member B.A., Biola University, 1997; M.A. University of California, Irvine, 2001; PhD., 2006. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Passannante Gerard Full Member B.A., Yale University, 2000; PhD Princeton Univ. 2006. Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Comparative Literature
Pearson Barry L. Full Member B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1968; M.A.,Indiana University-Bloomington, 1970; Ph.D., Indiana University, 1977. Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Peterson Carla L. Full Member B.A., Radcliffe College, 1965; Ph.D., Yale University, 1976. Professor Emerita, English Language and Literature
Professor Emerita, Comparative Literature
Ray Sangeeta Full Member B.A., University of Calcutta,1980; M.A., 1983; M.A., Miami University, 1987; Ph.D., University of Washington, 1990. Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Richardson Brian Full Member B.A., University of Washington, 1982; M.A.,1984; Ph.D., 1988. Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Comparative Literature
Robertson Kellie Full Member B.A., Univ. of Virginia, 1990; M.A./M.Phil., Yale University, 1993; Ph.D., 1998. Associate Chair, English Language and Literature
Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Comparative Literature
Rosenthal Laura Full Member B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1983; M.A. Northwestern University, 1985; Ph.D., 1990. Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Rudy Jason Full Member B.A., Princeton University, 1997; PhD., Rutgers University, 2004. Professor, English Language and Literature
Shelton Cecilia Full Member B.A., Winston-Salem State University, 2005; M.A. North Carolina State University, 2007; Ph.D., East Carolina Univesity, 2019 Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Simon David Full Member BA Brown University 2004, PhD University of California - Berkeley 2012 Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Trudell Scott Full Member B.A., Tufts University, 2002; M.A., Rutgers University, 2009; Ph.D., 2012. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Valiavitcharska Vessela V. Full Member B.A., Sofia University, Bulgaria, 1995; M.A., Chicago University, 1997; Ph.D. University of Texas, 2007. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Walter Christina Full Member CV: B.A. University of Kansas, 1997; M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001; Ph.D., 2008. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Wang Orrin Full Member B.A., Reed College, 1979; M.A.,University of Chicago, 1984; Ph.D., 1989. Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
Washington Mary Helen Full Member B.A.,Notre Dame College, 1962; M.A., University of Detroit/Mercy, 1966; Ph.D.,1976. Professor Emerita, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Weiner Joshua Full Member B.A., Northwestern University, 1985; M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1988; Ph.D.,1998. Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Creative Writing
Wible Scott Full Member B.A., Duquesne University, 2000; M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2002; Ph.D., 2006. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Wilder Sara Full Member B.A. University of California, Davis 2010, M.A. Ohio State University 2013, Ph.D. Ohio State University 2017 Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Wong Edlie Full Member B.A. University of California, Berkley, 1995; Ph.D., Univeristy of California, 2003. Professor, English Language and Literature
Wyatt David M. Full Member B.A., Yale University, 1970 Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1975. Professor, English Language and Literature