Department of English at Illinois State University


Monday, November 3rd

Travel Encumbrance forms due to the  Graduate Secretary for 2014-2015 Travel.

For other deadlines, see the  graduate school's list of  dates and deadlines.

Friday,  February 28th

Synthesis Statement due to department's graduate office (STV 409E) from MA students wanting to take MA comprehensive exam in March.

Monday,   March 17th - Friday,  March 28th - Spring MA Comp Exam Period.

When turning in your synthesis statement arrange with Diane the date and time that works for you to take the exam during the listed two week period.


Last updated 11/15/12

Graduate Programs

Illinois State University's graduate program embraces an English Studies model that explores the interactions among Rhetoric, Literary and Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Critical Theory, Writing, and Pedagogy. We offer three advanced degrees: the Ph.D. in English Studies, the Master's in English, and the Master's in Writing, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School and a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Students work with a strong group of graduate faculty who have diverse research interests.



Ph.D. In English Studies

Our unique Ph.D. program focuses on theorizing pedagogies that are situated within a broadly conceived English Studies model of the profession.

Learn more about the Ph.D. in English Studies.

Master's in English

Students enrolled in the Master's in English program may choose to concentrate in one of the following areas:

  • English Studies
  • Children's Literature
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Creative Writing
  • Literary and Cultural Studies

Learn more about the Master's In English

Master's In Writing

Students enrolled in the Master's in Writing program may work in one of two sequences:

  • In the Professional Writing and Rhetorics sequence, students prepare to work in technical writing or editing positions.
  • In the Teaching of Writing sequence, students pursue advanced work in the theory and practice of the teaching of writing.

Learn more about the Master's in Writing.

English Graduate Handbook

Graduate HandbookThe Graduate Handbook is a comprehensive resource for information on our graduate programs, including information about comprehensive exams, theses, and dissertations.

Learn more about the Graduate Handbook.

Graduate Student Listserv 

ENGGRAD-L is the official listserv of the graduate programs in the English Department. All important communications from the Graduate Director and Graduate Secretary, as well as from graduate students in the program, will be posted on ENGGRAD-L.

All students enrolled in the graduate program in English are added automatically each semester to the list. Sudents-at-large taking courses in the English Department are welcome and encouraged to join.

To join ENGGRAD-L, please contact Diane Smith.