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Graduate Degrees in English

What makes English Graduate Studies at NDSU unique?

North Dakota State University is a world-class university. We are student-focused and research-intensive. As a land grant institution, we believe in social justice, outreach, and service.

The English Department actively collaborates with the campus and the community:

  • Our faculty support individual, multidisciplinary, and international research agendas.
  • Our graduates are leaders who make a difference in the world.


Our PhD is an interdisciplinary degree that offers our candidates practical and professional skills alongside an academic curriculum that supports individualization. 100% of our graduates have found full-time positions as writing directors and tenure-track faculty in English and Communications departments.

Degree Requirements:

The PhD program requires 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree and a minimum of 60 graduate credits beyond the MA and at NDSU.

  • Students must take a minimum of 30 credits at the 700- or 800-level.
  • Students must take 48 of 60 credits at NDSU from within the Department of English.
  • No more than 10 credits may be transferred into the program.
  • Students with a master's degree in another discipline may be required to complete additional graduate course work in specific areas of English, as specified by their advisor and supervisory committee.

For more information, download our PhD Planning Worksheet and Curriculum Guide.


Our MA in English encourages individuality and collaboration as it prepares candidates for academic and non-academic careers. Graduates have gone on to top-tier PhD programs or opted to work for national and local nonprofits.

Degree Requirements:

The Master of Arts program consists of 27 credit hours of letter-graded course work with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, and (at least) a 3 credit Master's Paper.

For more information, download our MA Planning Worksheet.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Verena Theile, Director of Graduate Studies. 

The NDSU Graduate School policies for Advanced degrees can be found here.  

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