Graduate Studies

Welcome to graduate studies in English at Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Located in the Valley of the Sun, ASU offers spectacular physical landscapes, year-round temperate climates, diverse ethnic and cultural environments, state-of-the-art research facilities, and strong academic programs and faculty. The Department of English, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has created a diverse and energetic intellectual atmosphere within which to pursue graduate studies and boasts one of the largest, most productive faculties in the western United States. Approximately 250 graduate students are enrolled each semester. One third of these students hold teaching assistantships. A variety of interesting graduate courses are offered each semester. The program awards excellence by offering outstanding financial packages, including travel funds for professional development.

Graduate students in the English department frequently present at national, international and local conferences and have received many prestigious awards. Class sizes are small, giving students the opportunity to work closely with professors in a variety of fields. Reading groups, guest lectures, workshops and other events help bring students and faculty together. Opportunities for professional development and mentoring, such as Preparing Future Faculty, Graduate Scholars of English Association and forums for graduate students, prepare graduate students for successful careers within and beyond academia. Contact us for more information, or send an e-mail to Visit the FAQ page for immediate answers to your questions.

In addition, there are several study abroad opportunities for English graduate students as well as teaching abroad opportunities.

The deadline for applications is January 15th for most programs.  MA Linguistics and MTESOL have three deadlines:  January 15th and April 15th for fall and September 15th for spring. Application deadline for MAS is April 15 for fall admission only.    MFA deadline is January 1.

Online applications for Fall 2015 will be available September 1, 2014.

It is expected that online applications and all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, be uploaded by January 15th (or by the other deadlines stated above).