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Graduate Programs

The English department admits students to the Ph.D. holding either the B.A. or the M.A.  We also offer a two-year terminal Master’s degree and a “Plus One” degree for students currently enrolled as undergraduate majors in the department. We have particularly strong graduate faculty in the fields of

All doctoral students receive full five- or six-year teaching fellowship funding funding (depending on degree at entry) and benefit from a strong focus on professional development and placement in both tenure-track and “alt-ac” positions.

While we do not offer fellowship funding in the terminal Master’s program, Master’s students have opportunities to apply for positions in the Writing Center and for available positions in the NULab and the Digital Scholarship area. All graduate students have opportunities to be involved in cutting-edge research in centers including the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks; the Writing Center; the Digital Scholarship Group; and the Humanities Center as well as with individual faculty.

Graduate Research Opportunities

Opportunities for hands-on research with faculty prominent in their fields, as well as wide-ranging coursework, writing workshops, and teaching experiences, serve our graduates well in their academic job searches. For example, Alicia Peaker, Ph.D. ’14, who has served as project director at Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, project coordinator for the Women Writers Project, and development editor for the Chronicle of Higher Education blog GradHacker, has just taken a two-year position as the inaugural Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts at Middlebury College, Vermont.  A variety of projects  of Northeastern’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, including Our Marathon: the Boston Bombing Digital Archive, and the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, as well as the Women Writer’s Project at Snell Library also provide research opportunities for English department graduate students.

Northeastern’s Humanities Center also sponsors graduate student research through the  yearly Residential Fellowship Program and through participation in the Collaborative Research Clusters.

Affiliated Programs

Master’s or doctoral students enrolled in English can take courses through the program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies for a graduate certificate in WGSS.  Students also have access to the unique opportunities offered by the Boston Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies, of which Northeastern is a founding member institution.

Further Information

For complete information on requirements for and policies in the graduate degree programs, please consult the graduate programs booklet, published by the Graduate School (PDF format) and consult the graduate program FAQs.