For Those Who Experience Literature

The English graduate program takes you beyond the written word and considers the place and time of the creation of the work. We understand context is everything, and as you explore the authors, periods and genres of your choice, you come to understand these works at deeper levels than you likely dreamed possible.

Structured around the study of historical literary periods, a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches is taken. You can pursue aesthetic, philosophical and cultural concerns, as well as such interests as humanism, literary theory, gender studies and canonical expression.

After you've earned your graduate degree in English, you are positioned to work in virutally any field where communication matters. Whether you want to teach, write or research, this program sets you up for success.

M.A. in English

Craft your degree around your interests by selecting from a wide variety of exciting courses in literature. We'll prepare you to make a difference as you find deeper meaning in your studies. As a Master's student in our English department, you will be immersed into American & British literature, Modernism, Gender Studies, and so much more. 

Accelerated Master's in English

Earn both a Bachelor's degree and a Master of Arts degree in only five years (including two summers).

Ph. D. in English Literature

The Ph.D. program in English Literature at Duquesne University provides comprehensive training in advanced literary research and postsecondary teaching of writing and literature. In our small department, you work closely with faculty mentors, preparing themselves to be teacher-scholars or for careers outside the academy.