Learn More

Apply Now!

Request Information

Financial Aid

Visit the Ph.D. Program Page

Visit the Ph.D. Applicant FAQs.

Visit the Alumni Profiles page.

Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences page.

PhD Program

Why Pursue the PhD at Brandeis

The Ph.D. program in English emphasizes individual scholarship; offers training in research, teaching methods, and other professional development skills; and encourages graduate student innovation and initiative.

Our doctoral students serve as teaching assistants and direct their own writing courses, participate regularly at scholarly conferences, and have the opportunity to work closely with our distinguished faculty.

Recent graduates have attained tenure-track positions at such institutions as Connecticut College, San Francisco State University, Rider University, Bentley University, and the University of Toledo. See our Employment News webpage for more information.

Our Faculty

Graduate students have the opportunity to study a variety of topics with our world-class faculty, such as Modernism, Renaissance Literature, Gender and Sexuality, Philosophy, Contemporary Poetry, and more. Our faculty offer courses that span geography, history, and genre. You can learn more from our faculty pages.

Our Students

The small size of our graduate programs allows students to develop close working relationships with faculty and peers.

Admission and Financial Aid

Admission to the PhD in the English department is competitive and selective. We seek scholars who will greatly contribute to the field and that are passionate about their research. Prospective applicants apply to the department through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are required to submit an online application, a nonrefundable application fee, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, official test scores, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a writing sample.

The deadline for applicants to the Ph.D program in English is January 5.  

Ph.D. students normally receive full scholarship support from the university, along with a stipend and health insurance for five years. Learn about the specifics of financial assistance through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The City of Boston

As a Brandeis student, the rich intellectual and cultural environment of the Boston area is just a free shuttle ride away. Students have the opportunity to attend museum exhibitions, symposiums at nearby universities, and other exciting events.