- When are my applications materials due? What is required?
- Which is the most important part of the application?
- How important is it to make contact with an Emory faculty member before applying?
- Does Emory hold an "open house" for applicants?
- What is funding like?
- How long does a Ph.D. in English at Emory take?
- I am finishing my Master's degree. What will that mean for my program at Emory?
- What about funding to attend conferences, to conduct research during the summer, or to attend external seminars or professional development programs?
- How much do graduate students teach?
- How successful are Emory graduate students on the job market? What does the department do to help them?
- Who is required to take TOEFL?
- I would like to apply to Emory's program but cannot afford the application fee. Is there any possibility of having the fee waived?
Graduate students who arrive at Emory with a completed Master's degree in English sometimes are able to take less coursework once they arrive here. Please consult with the director of graduate studies about your particular case.
What about funding to attend conferences, to conduct research during the summer, or to attend external seminars or professional development programs?
How successful are Emory graduate students on the job market? What does the department do to help them?
As anyone considering graduate school should know, the academic job market is highly competitive. Nonetheless, graduates of Emory's PhD program in English have had considerable success in recent years, with over half of those who conduct national searches finding tenure-track jobs in colleges and universities. Additionally, many of our graduates find rewarding careers in areas such as policy research, archival directorship, higher-education administration, and writing center directorship. While we are always striving to improve our placement, we believe that Emory students have been successful because of several factors: a serious emphasis on training graduate students both as researchers and as undergraduate teachers; the opportunity to work closely with faculty in developing a scholarly profile; exciting opportunities in interdisciplinary research; and strong departmental support during the process of seeking academic employment.
The department appoints two faculty members each year to serve as job placement officers. These professors hold workshops, counsel students individually, and arrange mock interviews for graduate students who are on the market. Additionally, we have begun a program in "alt-ac" job placement for those who are seeking appointments in other higher-education fields such as administration, advising, archival work, etc. Students traveling to the Modern Language Association conference and other venues for interviews receive financial support through the Laney Graduate School's Professional Development Support Funds. Our students find positions in departments across the country, in a variety of institutions, from large research universities to small liberal arts colleges.
The department also prepares students professionally long before they are ready to begin looking for positions. A brown-bag luncheon series on topics related to professionalization provides all students a forum for understanding how academic careers (as well as non-academic careers in which the PhD is relevant) take shape; pedagogical seminars on composition and literature help students to prepare the teaching materials required for academic employment; and a colloquium on the dissertation gives students an added edge in learning how to talk about their research to a group of academics outside of their specialization.