Graduate Program
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Graduate Program

The English Department houses over 30 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members and over 50 graduate students enrolled in MA and PhD programs with emphases in critical theory and all the major literary periods, including Medieval, Early Modern, Restoration and 18th Century, Romantic, Victorian, American to 1914, and Modern and Contemporary.

We have concentrations in Creative WritingLiterature, and Language and Linguistics (MA only). MU offers interdepartmental graduate minors available in Women’s and Gender StudiesMedieval and Renaissance StudiesCollege Teaching, and others listed here.

We have a number of initiatives, programs, courses and colloquia in place to ensure that students are integrated into the vibrant life of the department as colleagues (see our department calendar for a selection). The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) has representatives on all major departmental committees, and its officers work closely with English Department officers on matters related to graduate education.

Anne Myers


For more information, please consult the MU Graduate School's Prospective Student Information or contact Anne Myers, Director of Graduate Studies for Advising and Admission

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English Graduate Student Association

The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) is the officially recognized body representing graduate students in the department. Every English graduate student at MU is automatically a member of EGSA and is encouraged to utilize the organization as a resource and to get involved in monthly meetings and other events. EGSA has four main purposes: To promote the professional development of graduate students by aiding them in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to function as professionals in teaching, scholarship, and related professions; To provide services (such as colloquia) to students and the public relating to the discipline of English; To advocate for opportunities and issues that affect graduate students, such as the professional and political status of graduate students at the University of Missouri; To foster an environment of collaboration, support, and communication, and to provide a social arena for that purpose. Each year, EGSA sponsors a series of social and professional events.


President: Ariel Fried

Vice President: Hayli Cox