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KU offers a one-track Literature PhD and a two-track PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. In addition to the PhD programs in Literature and Rhetoric and Composition, the University of Kansas offers a PhD in Creative Writing, a rigorous program that combines creative writing and literary studies and prepares graduates for both scholarly and creative publication and teaching. After two years of coursework, students in Literature and Creative Writing PhD tracks prepare for the comprehensive oral examination covering three areas of focus. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam, candidates will begin work on the creative writing dissertation, which includes a book-length work of creative writing and a scholarly research component.

A GTA appointment includes a tuition waiver for ten semesters plus a competitive stipend. In the first year, GTA appointees teach English 101 (first year composition) and English 102 (a required reading and writing course). MFA and Creative Writing PhD students have the opportunity to teach an introductory course in creative writing in their third year, and opportunities are available for a limited number of advanced GTAs to teach in the summer.

Doctoral Program Profile (PDF)

Please see the website for KU English's creative writing program for information specific to creative writing students.

We do not currently offer any online degrees for the graduate program.

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