A student wishing to enter the Ph.D. program must hold (or anticipate holding upon matriculation) at least a B.A. degree (or the equivalent) in English (or an allied field). The English Department offers two tracks for admission to the Ph.D. program:
1. A student entering the Ph.D. program with a B.A. only will be guaranteed initial support at a level equivalent to that for an M.A. student, i.e. $16,000 per year (plus tuition waiver and health insurance) for two years. Upon completion of 30 hours of required coursework, the student will be guaranteed five additional years of support at $18,500 per year (plus tuition waiver and health insurance).
If at the time of application a student is judged not directly admissible to the Ph.D. program, admission to the M.A. program may be offered instead. At the conclusion of the M.A., the student may reapply for admission to the Ph.D. program. If the reapplication is successful, up to 30 hours of unrestricted course work for the Ph.D. may be waived at the discretion of the program supervisor.
2. A student entering the Ph.D. program with an M.A. degree in hand will be guaranteed five years of support at $18,500 per year (plus tuition waiver and health insurance). Up to 30 hours of unrestricted course work may be waived at the discretion of the program supervisor.
- academic transcripts from all previous postsecondary institutions;
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Aptitude Test scores, taken within the last five years, preferably at or above the 60th percentile on the verbal and analytical-writing scales;
- a sample or samples of strong critical writing in literary or cultural studies (approx. 20-25 pp. total);
- three letters of recommendation; and
- a statement of purpose (approx. 2-3 pp.).
The following materials should be submitted online through the University Graduate Online Application:
- Graduate Admission Application
- Writing Sample (upload as “supplemental application” on Supplemental Materials page)
- Personal Statement (upload as “personal statement” on Supplemental Materials page)
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Non-native English speakers must present TOEFL Scores
In addition, applications require:
- GRE General Aptitude Test Scores (WVU’s GRE Code is 5904)
- Transcripts (send to: Office of Graduate Admissions, West Virginia University, P.0. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506)
For additional information about the Ph.D. Program, please contact Dr. Adam Komisaruk, Ph.D. Program Coordinator.