The English Department has three graduate programs: the PhD in English Literature, the terminal MA in English Literature, and the MFA in Creative Writing. You may submit only one application at a time to the English Department. However, if you are applying to the PhD program, you may request in advance that, if not admitted to that program, you be considered for admission to the MA program.
For detailed information about applying to the English Department's graduate programs in literature, follow the links on the left-hand side of this page. You may also wish to browse the degree requirements for the MA and PhD, or the pages of the Graduate English Student Association (GESA).
For questions about the PhD and MA programs and their application procedures contact Sandhya Shukla, Director of Graduate Admissions. For questions about the MFA program and its application procedures, contact Lisa Spaar, Director of Creative Writing.
Applicants to the PhD program in English with strong interest in Caribbean Studies are encouraged to apply simultaneously to the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship in Caribbean Literatures, Arts and Cultures. In addition to the standard Ph.D. admissions package, the fellowship offers substantial enhancement of the five-year fellowship, membership in the Greater Caribbean Studies Network, a research collaborative led by faculty from multiple disciplines, and enhanced research support and professional development at all stages of doctoral study as you work closely with Caribbeanist faculty mentors. For more information, see the program’s website: https://graduate.as.virginia.edu/caribbean-literatures-arts-and-cultures.