Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.)

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

English (PHD, MA)


PO Box 6000

Binghamton, NY 13902

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The graduate program in English at Binghamton University has distinguished faculty and outstanding graduates in a variety of fields. The English Department offers opportunities for study in all major areas of British and American literatures, with strengths in American studies, British modernities, critical theory, gender and sexualities, medieval studies, early modern and Renaissance studies, postcolonial studies, race, empire, and global diasporas, rhetorical discourse, ethnic studies, cultural studies/science studies and creative writing.

Within both the MA and PhD programs, students may choose to focus on either literary research or creative writing.

Doctoral Program highlights:

  • Streamlined time to degree
  • Flexible, individualized course work
  • Substantive teaching experience
  • Close mentoring in our small program
  • Graduate student-run conferences, journals, and reading series (see below)

Master’s Program highlights:

  • Flexible, individualized course work
  • Optional thesis for the MA in English/Literature
  • Creative thesis for the MA in English/Creative
  • Graduate student-run conferences, journals, and reading series (see below)

Qualified doctoral students are typically eligible for 4 years of funding, usually as teaching assistants (or in some cases, graduate assistants). Students usually begin as teaching assistants to department faculty, take ENG 589: Teaching College English, teach for two years in the University’s Writing Initiative, and in their fourth year have the opportunity to teach literature or creative writing courses within the department. Doctoral students have the opportunity for a fifth year of financial support by developing and teaching their own courses relevant to their research and/or creative focus. Unfunded students sometimes teach in the Writing Initiative as well. These exceptional teaching experiences prepare students for future careers in academia and make our graduates more competitive on the job market.


Binghamton University - SUNY is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for graduate study, you must: Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following: You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University Have earned, at minimum, one of the following: A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

International Student Requirements:

International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.) Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Duolingo* scores) *In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency for applications to the fall 2020 semester.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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