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Become a Scholar

At A&M-Commerce, you’re more than just a number. You’re a colleague. Take the next step towards earning your Ph.D. in English by applying to our doctoral program. Whatever your specialty may be, we’re here to guide you along the way. We offer concentrations in composition and rhetoric, linguistics, and American, British and children’s literature. Work closely with our renowned faculty as you present at conferences, publish your research and interact with scholars across disciplines. Apply your knowledge to the classroom setting through teaching at the college or university level.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 to 5 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language optional

Delivery Combination, Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

60 Hours

Dissertation Requirements

Dissertation Required

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English (PHD) :: 1.3 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN ENGLISH

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A Ph.D. IN English

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Focus Your Passion

Choose from six areas of concentrations while earning your Ph.D. Discover which option works best for your research interests and career goals.

Written Discourse: Theory and Practice

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Linguistics

Critical Literacy

  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • Children’s Literature
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English (PHD) :: Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

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English (PHD) :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

What you will learn

A Ph.D. in English will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Engage in discussions with peers and professors
  • Benefit from small class sizes and one-on-one mentorship
  • Receive substantial knowledge in literary theory and practice
  • Research areas that interest you within the discipline
  • Serve as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Literature and Languages
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English (PHD) :: Careers

Careers

Earning your Ph.D. in English prepares you to teach at the college or university level. Join a rewarding program that deepens your understanding of literary theory and criticism. Other careers in higher education, academic publishing and editing may require a Ph.D.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Professors
$78,470
High School Teachers
$60,320

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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English (PHD) :: WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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Experience the Classroom

Gain the experience you need by teaching English 1301 or 1302 at the university level. Ph.D. students will have the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant (TA) in order to meet residency requirements, though students who are not able to serve as TAs may fulfill requirements in other ways, as well. Contact Dr. Karen Roggenkamp, Ph.D. in English Program Coordinator for more information.

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English (PHD) :: FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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English (PHD) :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery

Our flexible program is designed for current educators and working professionals. Whether a full or part-time student, you can complete the program at your own pace. We offer face-to-face courses at our main campus location and a few online. Keep in mind that only 49% of the degree can be completed online.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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English (PHD) :: Program Admission Requirements US

Deadlines

Fall admission consideration: ApplyTexas application due May 1. All documents due May 15.
Spring admission consideration: ApplyTexas Application due November 15. All documents due Dec. 1.
Summer admission consideration: ApplyTexas Application due April 1. All documents due April 15.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “English, PHD” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

To be considered for admission, one of the following is required

  • a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher, or
  • a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours, or
  • an awarded master’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher.

If you have a non-thesis master’s degree, you must complete a thesis prior to doctoral candidacy (empirical thesis can be completed in our program en route to the dissertation and doctoral candidacy).

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals

Submit a Statement of Goals (two pages, double-spaced) that addresses the following questions:

  • What is your area of study? (linguistics, literature, etc)
  • Why do you want to study that particular area?
  • What do you hope this degree leads to? What are your goals?
  • Are there any professors you would like to study under?

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Writing Sample

Submit a sample of your writing that contains:

  • a one or two pieces of your academic prose (no more than 10 pages total) and
  • a two-page statement of your background, interests and goals as they relate to your graduate work in English.

Four Letters of Recommendation

Request four signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program.

  • Two of the references should hold a doctoral degree.

Those individuals should

Test Scores

Submit official General Test GRE scores

  • Request that your GRE®scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Review the Application Packet for more information.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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English (PHD) :: Program Admission Requirements Intl.

Deadlines

Fall admission consideration: May 15
Spring admission consideration: October 1
Summer admission consideration: February 15

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “English, PHD” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

To be considered for admission one of the following is required

  • a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher,
  • a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours, or
  • an awarded master’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher.
Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals

Submit a Statement of Goals (two pages, double-spaced) that addresses the following questions:

  • What is your area of study? (linguistics, literature, etc)
  • Why do you want to study that particular area?
  • What do you hope this degree leads to? What are your goals?
  • Are there any professors you would like to study under?

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Writing Sample

  • a one or two pieces of your academic prose (no more than 10 pages total) and
  • a two-page statement of your background, interests, and goals as they relate to your graduate work in English.

Four Letters of Recommendation

Request four signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program.

  • Two of the references should hold a doctoral degree.

Those individuals should

Test Scores

Submit official General Test GRE scores

  • Request that your GRE®scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Review the Application Packet for more information.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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