English PhD

Degree Level: PhD

Department: English

School or College: College of Arts and Sciences

Track: Literature, Modernity, and the Contemporary; Writing Practices: Poetics, Rhetorics, Technologies; Cultural, Transcultural, and Global Studies; Theoretical Construct

Departmental Website: https://www.albany.edu/english/phd_program.php

Program Curriculum: https://www.albany.edu/graduatebulletin/english_phd_writing_teaching_criticism.htm

Required Credentials




Supplemental Documents

All Schools Attended

(See Special Notes) 

Statement of Goals
Critical Writing Sample

Creative Writing Sample Optional

(See Special Notes)




  Fall Spring Summer
Departmental Assistantship Consideration Jan. 15
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No Departmental Assistantship Consideration Jan. 15
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Special Notes: Applicants who apply for a funded assistantship position along with doctoral admission will be granted admission only if a funded position is available. Any student who would consider enrolling without assistantship funding--that is enrolling as a self-funded student--should indicate this willingness on their Assistantship application and in the Statement of Purpose. We will consider such students for funded positions first, and will extend an offer with funding if available. Only after all funded assistantship positions have been filled will we offer admission on a self-funded basis.

You will need to upload your writing sample with your online application at time of submission. You cannot append the application after initial submission. Critical writing samples should be researched and thesis-driven, and be approximately 8-12 pages; longer works such as a chapter from an Honors thesis are also acceptable. Recommendation letters should, wherever possible, be written by instructors able to comment on the applicant's academic abilities.

Please note: This program offers an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience in the course listing as an option to fulfill course requirements. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

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