Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Doctor of Philosophy in English


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in English

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of English at Loyola University Chicago offers MA and PhD programs in literature and culture across three broad historical areas, Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Nineteenth Century Studies, and Modern Literature and Culture, with a special emphasis in textual studies.

Loyola’s PhD program in English provides many advantages:

A faculty of scholar-teachers. 

At many universities, a large and overcommitted faculty has little time or incentive to concentrate on teaching and mentoring its students. Smaller departments where teaching is emphasized, on the other hand, may lack the research-active faculty found at the more prestigious institutions. At Loyola, you will find the best of both worlds in a faculty of nationally respected, active scholars who also take pride in their teaching, and who give graduate education and graduate students the care and attention they deserve.

Success in the job market. 

Despite the notoriously challenging market for PhDs in the humanities, the English department at Loyola has a strong, long-standing record of success in placing our students in jobs—particularly at liberal arts colleges where teaching is valued, but also at research universities and community colleges. 

A humane Graduate Assistantship program. 

The service requirements that come with a Loyola assistantship are fair and manageable. Our graduate assistants (GAs) teach four courses of their own during the four years of their assistantships, though never more than a course a semester. When not teaching, they have the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors as either research assistants or teaching assistants. There is never a point at which a GA's work requirements impede his or her ability to move ahead toward the PhD.

A balanced education in literature, theory, and textual studies. With distribution requirements spread over four areas—Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Nineteenth Century Studies, Modern Literature and Culture, and Textual Studies and Digital Humanities—our PhD program offers up-to-date training in the discipline's major areas of expertise. Program requirements are supported by a wide range of courses in the various historical periods of English and American literature, literary and critical theory, post-colonial and global literatures, cultural studies, textual scholarship, digital humanities, and the teaching of writing.

Manageable degree requirements. 

Coursework in the PhD program can be completed within three years (two years for students entering with the MA degree), with the qualifying exams and dissertation taking two to three more years.

Real training in teaching skills. 

Our department considers the training of our graduate assistants in classroom teaching to be an important part of what we do. We do not throw new graduate students into the composition classroom with orders to teach! During their first year with us, we instruct our GA's in the art of teaching, mentor them in our own writing classes, and give them hands-on tutoring experience in the Writing Center. Our students feel well prepared when they teach their own first courses. And ongoing instruction in pedagogy as well as ample opportunities to teach both writing and literature, provides our graduates with an excellent skill set that is very attractive to prospective employers. 


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: GRE general test for MA and Ph.D. Loyola's school code is 1412 English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 550 paper, 79 IBT. IELTS: 6.5 Special Application Instructions: Submission of writing sample in addition to the other supporting materials noted in the Step-by-Step Application Process Guidelines. See program website for Advice to Applicants. Prerequisite Requirements: None

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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