• Degrees
  • PhD (5 yr)
  • PhD
  1. At least 36 hours of credit in appropriate formal graduate courses beyond the B.A. At least 30 hours of this course work must be taken from among courses offered at the 700-level and above. English 997 and 999 credits cannot be included among the 36 hours.

  2. Students in this specialization may take up to 12 hours outside the Department without petition, with written approval by the students’ graduate advisors. Students may petition to take more hours outside the Department, with the approval of their graduate advisors, and provided they can demonstrate how the courses fit within their programs of study.

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

  4. At least 3 seminars (numbered 900 or above) offered by the Department of English at the University of Kansas, at least two of which should be in Rhetoric and Composition.

  5. English 999, Dissertation (at least 12 hours).

Note on ENGL 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 Graduate Director. Six hours of English 998 may be counted toward the 36-hour course credit required.

Note on the M.A. degree: This 5-year program is designed for students who wish to pursue the Ph.D. degree without an intermediary M.A. degree. Students who decide not to pursue the Ph.D. after at least 30 hours of coursework may elect to stop at a Master of Arts degree by successfully passing the Department’s Option II Final Oral Examination.

Additional Requirements for Ph.D. Degree

  • 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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