24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of English at the University of Wisconsin Madison offers a Ph.D. in English (with specializations in composition and rhetoric, English language and linguistics, or literary studies); an MFA in creative writing; and a terminal M.A. in English with a specialization in applied English linguistics.


Students of English enrolled in the literary studies Ph.D. specialization at the University of Wisconsin Madison become eligible for an M.A. English degree in the literary studies area when they successfully complete the first-stage doctoral requirements. The literary studies specialization does not offer an M.A. apart from the doctoral program. Students enrolled in the composition and rhetoric track in English must have a master's degree in hand prior to matriculation in the doctoral program.

The M.A. program with a specialization in applied English linguistics provides broad training in applied English linguistics and second language acquisition (SLA). Students who graduate from this program will be well prepared to teach English as a second language, and those who do exceptionally well may apply for admission to the doctoral program in the English language and linguistics area.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Articulates research problems, potentials, and limits with respect to theory, knowledge, or practice within the field of study.
  • Formulates ideas, concepts, designs, and/or techniques beyond the current boundaries of knowledge within the field of study demonstrating breadth as well as depth.
  • Conducts research according to recognized standards in the field and crafts persuasive and original arguments that make a substantive contribution to the field.
  • Communicates complex ideas in a clear and understandable manner that advances and articulates the value of contributions of the field of study to society
  • Demonstrates knowledge and practice of pedagogy consistent with discipline and with field of study
  • Fosters ethical and professional conduct.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Structure of English
  • English Phonology
  • English Syntax
  • English Grammar in Use
  • English Language Variation in the U.S.
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Global Spread of English

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The department requires an applicant to have a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution 
  • Applicants for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees typically demonstrate competence in the fields of English literature or language, American studies, or linguistics, but the department also welcomes applications from superior students who have not had the equivalent of an English major
  • All graduate degree programs in the department except the MFA normally require Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores no more than five years old
  • International students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Tuition Fee

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    25548 USD/year
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  • National

    25548 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

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