Doctorate in English (PhD)

We regret to announce that Brandeis English will not accept applications to our PhD program for the 2021-2022 academic year.

In order to ensure that the department has resources to adequately support our students during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will hold off on opening our admissions again until 2022. The decision to eliminate a cohort of future students was not an easy one, but we have decided that our priority during these unsettled times is to take care of those who are already matriculated in the department. We look forward to reading applications again in the fall of 2021 for the 2022 cohort and please don't hesitate to be in touch with the Director of Graduate Studies if you have any questions.

Please visit our Master's and Joint Master's pages for more information about those programs, which are still accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year.

Our PhD degree program in English emphasizes innovative individual scholarship and provides excellent training in research, teaching methods and other professional development skills. As a doctoral candidate, you will participate fully in the life of our dynamic department, serving as a teaching assistant and directing your own writing courses, participating in scholarly conferences, and collaborating with our distinguished and diverse faculty.

Why Brandeis?

Our world-class faculty are dedicated teachers and mentors. Popular areas of focus are women's studies, gender and sexuality, modern American literature, Anglophone literature and postcolonial theory, early modern (especially Renaissance) English literature, literature and science, literary theory and philosophy, and contemporary poetry.

Because our program is small, you will develop close and stimulating relationships with both faculty and peers. And you will benefit from all the hallmarks of a Brandeis education: dedicated mentoring by internationally recognized scholars, intellectual diversity, career support and the wealth of academic and cultural resources Boston offers.

Careers and Alumni

Graduates of our PhD program go on to a broad range of careers inside and outside of the academy. For more information on alumni, visit our Recent Alums page.