Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School


The graduate programs in English offer a curriculum that provides advanced study in literature, culture, and textual studies over a number of historical periods.

The PhD degree in English is offered in three historical fields. Students who have completed the MA degree choose one of the following fields and complete the appropriate requirements: Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Nineteenth-Century Studies, or Modern Literature and Culture. 

Our specialization in Textual Studies and Digital Humanities cuts across these three fields.

The PhD in English is designed to train students in literary and textual studies to become educators and researchers at the post-secondary level.

The Department of English offers a broad MA degree program in literature, critical theory, and textual studies, with a teaching track option. In addition to coursework, the program requires a written examination. 

Students take seminars in the department’s main concentration areas (medieval and renaissance studies, 19th century studies, and modern literature and culture), and are introduced to new developments in textual studies and digital humanities.

The degree offers part-time and full-time enrollment.

Average time to completion for PhD: 6 years (full time), N/A (part time)
Average time to completion for MA: 1 year (full time), 2 years (part time)

Online options are not available.

• Internships and research opportunities are included as part of the MA curriculum.

Students in the teaching track are required to complete a teaching internship.


• Capstone experiences are also included as part of both the PhD and MA curriculum.

The PhD capstone includes a dissertation.

The MA capstone includes a MA exam.

Student organizations as well as service-learning opportunities are offered through the program.

• The English Graduate Student Association

• Service-learning opportunities can include working with The Literacy Center (Neighborhood Adult Literacy Tutoring).

PhD students enrolled in the English program further their career by teaching at the university or college level or work in writing-related fields. Students in the MA program either go on to graduate school (English, Library Science, etc.), teach at the secondary or community college level, or work as professional writers in marketing, advertising, business, and non-profit organizations.

• Recent graduates from the PhD program are now employed at organizations like the University of West Virginia, Coastal
Carolina University, Texas Tech, and Hillsdale College

• Recent graduates from the MA program have enrolled in PhD programs at Vanderbilt, UNC Chapel Hill, and Cornell.

• Career services are available—learn more at LUC.edu/career.

In the PhD program, all students participate in a carefully designed pedagogical training and mentorship program that emphasizes recent scholarship on the teaching of both writing and literature. Our emphasis on pedagogical training and close faculty-student mentorship has led to a strong job placement record and a quicker time to degree.

English faculty members are both passionate about their teaching and dedicated to their research. Areas of faculty interest include Medieval and Renaissance literature and culture, 19th century studies, modern literature and culture, textual studies and digital humanities.

Students who are applying to the PhD program are required to have earned a BA or MA in English. Students who are applying to the MA program are also required to have earned an English BA.

Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

The Graduate School has limited funds available for financial assistance. Financial aid from Loyola’s Financial Aid Office will not impact your ability to apply for financial aid through the Graduate School. To learn more about these financial aid opportunities, visit LUC.edu/finaid/graduateschool

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.