Top English PhD Programs: List of Schools
A Ph.D. in English or English literature is useful for those interested in teaching at the college level. Students in an English Ph.D. program typically focus on American and British literature along with history, theory, criticism and teaching methods. The top-ranked schools are highly competitive; proficiency in a language other than English is often a requirement. An English Ph.D. program usually takes five to seven years to complete.
The Best English Ph.D. Programs
1. University of California - Berkeley
The University of California in Berkeley was ranked as having the top English Ph.D. program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2009. The program is very selective and accepts less than 5% of applicants each year.
The degree program typically takes six years to complete and includes coursework in period literature from medieval through 20th century works. Students can choose an emphasis in another discipline such as gender, film or medieval studies. Third-year students are required to serve as a graduate level teaching assistant for two years.
- Address: Berkeley, CA 94720
- Phone Number: (510) 642-6000
2. Stanford University in California
The English Ph.D. program at Stanford University is highly competitive, with only about 3% of applicants being accepted to the program annually. The degree takes five to six years to complete. Elements of the program include a critical study of rhetoric, narrative and creative writing and its influence over the contemporary experience. Students of the Ph.D. program are required to teach as an assistant at the graduate level. Stanford was ranked second among English programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2009.
- Address: Stanford, CA 94305
- Phone Number: (650) 723-2300
Good Schools with English Ph.D. Programs
|College/University Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|The University of Texas at Austin||50,995||Austin, TX 78712||(512) 471-3434|
|New York University||43,404||70 Washington Sq. So., New York, NY 10012||(212) 998-1212|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||41,674||Ann Arbor, MI 48109||(734) 764-1817|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||41,654||500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706||(608) 262-1234|
|University of California - Los Angeles||38,550||405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095||(310) 825-4321|
|University of California - Berkeley||35,830||Berkeley, CA 94720||(510) 642-6000|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||28,916||103 South Bldg. CB 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599||(919) 962-2211|
|Harvard University||27,651||Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138||(617) 495-1000|
|University of Pennsylvania||24,599||1 College Hall 34th and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104||(215) 898-5000|
|University of Virginia - Main Campus||24,355||Charlottesville, VA 22904||(434) 924-0311|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||24,230||116 St. and Broadway, New York, NY 10027||(212) 854-1754|
|Cornell University||20,633||Ithaca, NY 14853||(607) 255-2000|
|Johns Hopkins University||20,383||3400 N. Charles St., Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218||(410) 516-8000|
|Northwestern University||19,853||633 Clark St., Evanston, IL 60208||(847) 491-3741|
|Stanford University||18,498||Stanford, CA 94305||(650) 723-2300|
|University of Chicago||15,094||5801 S Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637||(773) 702-1234|
|Duke University||14,350||103 Allen Bldg., Durham, NC 27708||(919) 684-2813|
|Yale University||11,593||New Haven, CT 06520||(203) 432-1333|
|Brown University||8,574||One Prospect St., Providence, RI 02912||(401) 863-1000|
|Princeton University||7,592||Princeton, NJ 08544||(609) 258-3000|
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