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Graduate Studies

The University of Maryland’s Graduate Studies in English offers an extraordinary depth and range of expertise with highly individualized professional and pedagogical mentorship.

The Department of English at the University of Maryland offers a Ph.D. program in English language and literature, an M.A. program with concentrations in literature as well as in rhetoric and writing, and an M.F.A. program in poetry and fiction. We also offer a Ph.D. in comparative literature. In addition, graduate students are able to earn certifications in critical theory and women’s studies. 

With a large and distinguished graduate faculty of over 60 members, the department is able to provide its graduate students with an extraordinary depth and range of expertise as well as with highly individualized professional and pedagogical mentorship. Each area group, in collaboration with the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies and the Graduate English Organization (GEO), contributes to the department’s vibrant, diverse and inclusive intellectual life. Particular strengths of the department include:

  • Early British literature, especially Medieval and Renaissance
  • American literature 
  • Literature of the African diaspora
  • Postcolonial and transnational literary studies
  • Digital humanities
  • Feminist theory and gender studies
  • Composition and rhetoric

Most students enrolled in graduate programs in English language and literature seek employment in higher education, but many also seek non-academic employment in publishing, business and technical writing, administration and personnel management. In order to maintain its excellent record in professionalization and job placement, the department has a placement director and offers publication and dissertation writing workshops every academic year, in addition to a rich choice of graduate courses.

UMD English Research Expertise

African American/African Diaspora
Caribbean and Postcolonial
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Film Studies and Cultural Studies
Language, Writing and Rhetoric
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Literary Theory
Literature and Science
Medieval and Renaissance
Mythology and Folklore
Post-1900 British and Irish
Postmodern and Contemporary
Restoration and 18th Century
Textual and Digital Studies
Transatlantic Studies
Women's Literature and Feminist Theory

Contact Us

GerShun Avilez

Professor, English
Director of Graduate Studies , English

Tawes Hall 2116b
College Park MD, 20742


Lindsay Bernal

Academic Coordinator, English

2116E Tawes Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-3820

Robert Burgard

Coordinator of Graduate Studies, English

2101 Woods Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-6880