• Degrees
  • PhD (5 yr)
  • PhD
  1. At least 24 hours of credit in appropriate formal graduate courses beyond the M.A. At least 15 hours (in addition to 800 if not taken for the M.A.) of this course work must be taken from among courses offered by the Department of English at the 700-level and above. English 997 and 999 credits cannot be included among the 24 hours. Students may petition to take up to 6 hours outside the Department.

  2. An introduction to the field: either English 800 Methods, Theory, and Professionalism or English 780 Composition Studies.

  3. Two seminars (courses numbered 900 or above) offered by the Department of English at the University of Kansas, beyond the M.A. or M.F.A., at least one of which should be in Rhetoric and Composition.

  4. English 999, Dissertation (normally at least 12 hours).

  5. Students with M.A.s earned at an institution other than K.U. may be required by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, acting on behalf of the Graduate Committee, to take additional course work.

Note on English 998: A student wishing to enroll in English 998 (Investigation and Conference) must secure the prior approval of the graduate faculty member with whom he or she intends to work and the approval of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, who will indicate that approval by countersigning the graduate adviser's signature on the enrollment card.

Additional Requirements for Ph.D. Degree

  • A reading knowledge of one approved foreign language and completion of the college Responsible Scholarship and Research Skill requirement.
  • At least one year of supervised quarter-time teaching.
  • At least two semesters spent in resident study.
  • Comprehensive examination.
  • Dissertation Proposal Review.
  • Doctoral dissertation and defense.

Please consult with your advisor to confirm requirements for degree.

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