Graduate Studies in the Department of English at Oklahoma State University is unique for its interdisciplinary range and individualized curricula. We offer graduate degrees in English with specializations in six areas:
Creative Writing (MFA, PhD)
Literature (MA, PhD)
Rhetoric and Writing Studies (MA with an option in Professional Writing, MA, PhD)
Screen Studies (MA, PhD)
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL Certificate, MA with an option in TESOL, PhD)
Linguistics (MA, PhD)
Our graduate students work with nationally and internationally recognized faculty. In all of our degree programs, students collaborate with their advisors to create individualized programs of study reflecting their own intellectual and creative interests while working towards their unique professional goals.
Teaching assistantships and tuition waivers are available to the majority of our graduate students. Teaching assistants instruct their own courses and work in the OSU Writing Center. Every graduate student receives mentoring and pedagogical training that prepares them for success as teachers, scholars, and writers, and as creators and disseminators of knowledge both in and beyond the academy.
Our program is further distinguished by the fact that English department faculty edit field-leading journals with the assistance of advanced graduate students. These include:
American Indian Quarterly
Journal of Linguistic Geography
The Cimmaron Review
Our graduate students regularly publish and present scholarly and creative works in journals and at conferences across the country and around the world.
Our students also benefit from a wide of range of interdisciplinary centers and institutes on campus. These include:
Students are members of a university that maintains membership in the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS), the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), and in the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium (CRS). The NCAIS allows OSU students access to the Newberry's world-renowned collection in American Indian and Indigenous studies as well as the resources of the McNickle Center to offer programs and provide fellowships. The CRS offers competitive travel grants to junior faculty and graduate students to conduct research at the Newberry Library and/or attend CRS seminars, programs, and events.