University of California, Irvine

School of Humanities

English & American Literature - PhD


UC Irvine Graduate Division

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697

United States


(949) 824-5544


(949) 824-7993

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - English & American Literature

Format: Campus

Program Description:

UC Irvine's Department of English offers students a challenging and supportive environment in which to work towards  a Ph.D. in English and American Literature. Our Ph.D. program in English is especially noted for its strength in Literary History, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies.  Our M.F.A. in Writing programs (see seperate listing) are also among the most highly rated in the country.  We pride ourselves on a unique spirit of professional training that combines intellectually rigorous seminars and strong support of individual research with vigorous encouragement of collaborative projects.

The English Ph.D. Program addresses all aspects of the literatures in English throughout the world. The interests of its faculty span the full historical range of these literatures and bring into special focus the history of criticism and literary theory. We also seek to study the historical relationship of theoretical, literary and cultural practices. We have designed our Ph.D. programs to be as flexible as possible, in order to allow students to customize their course work and their Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations to fit their own intellectual interests. As a result we have very few fixed requirements in order to allow each student’s course of study to be shaped in close consultation with faculty mentors. Students are encouraged to take seminars in other programs to gain experience of various forms of critical theory and its history.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WACS)

International Student Requirements:

There are additional University-wide admissions requirements International applicants must meet.An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and whose primary language is not English must submit an official TOEFL score with a minimum of 550 on the paper examination which is the equivalent to a score of 213 on the computer-based exam. Applicants should also be prepared to document at the time of application sufficient funds to cover all fees, non-resident tuition, living expenses, and transportation. Currently the required amount for single students for one year of academic study is $37,755 (this is subject to change).

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans

Locale: Midsize City

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