Graduate and Professional Programs


Graduate study in English at The University of Tulsa is nationally recognized and well-subscribed. Students train as teachers, scholars and writers; they study to advance in existing careers, and to become professors and research writers in specific literary fields. With an outstanding and carefully recruited faculty, including 3 endowed professors, the graduate program in English is well known for its quality, small size, and close mentorship. Linguafranca's Real Guide to Graduate School lists the program, in the area of Nineteenth-century British literature, as among the top 10 in the United States. Graduate English at TU is supported by a fully computerized library of over 3 million books, periodicals, and documents, includes an extraordinary world-renowned collection of literary manuscripts of the twentieth century and rare books of poetry and fiction of the nineteenth century. Graduate English at TU publishes two award-winning and respected journals, James Joyce Quarterly and Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature.

English graduate study leads to the Master of Arts degree and/or the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Students work closely with graduate faculty in small seminars that average eight students, in one-on-one independent and directed readings, and in workshops on writing and teaching. There are no required courses or courses of study. Instead, students choose from among the seminars offered each semester according to their individual interests and particular professional needs. Special interest tutorials often supplement graduate seminars.

M.A. and Ph.D. students are encouraged to work in the full range of subjects defined by our faculty's expertise and by our internationally renowned archival holdings of manuscripts and books in McFarlin Library. Specific clusters of study that carry the advantage of faculty depth and the potential for original research are:

  • Twentieth-century literature--Modern and Contemporary British, Irish, and American literatures;
  • Nineteenth-century literature--British and European Romanticism, Victorian literature, ante-bellum and post Civil War American literature;
  • American studies, cultural and gender studies, African American literature, and women's literature.
  • The department also offers seminars in Renaissance and Eighteenth-century literature, in ethnic and post-colonial literatures, in critical theory, in the pedagogy of composition, and in the creative writing of fiction and poetry.
  • Faculty interest in art, architecture, classical culture, history, history of science, intellectual history, law, medicine, philosophy, and social theory provide further selective opportunities for interdisciplinary and comparatist work.

For additional  Admission and Financial Aid information visit the University of Tulsa Graduate School. To find out more information regarding EGSA (English Graduate Student Association) please visit their web site.