Ph.D. Program

Our dynamic Ph.D. program allows students to gear their studies towards their own academic interests. Additionally, our program prepares students for careers in academia, and we have a 100% placement rate for Ph.D. graduates.

Meet Our PhDs

Learn more about our diverse program by checking out the profiles of some of our current Ph.D. students.


The Ph.D. program requires 54 credits beyond the B.A., with no more than 27 credits earned at the Master's level; students must also meet the requirements of our M.A. program.

  • 9 credits in core courses in theory, practice, research, and teaching
    • Professional Writing Theory (ENG 712)
    • Qualitative Research (ENG 713)
    • Professional Writing Theory and Pedagogy (ENG 706)
  • 6 credits in other 700-level or 400-U/G level courses in Professional Writing
  • 15 credits in 800-level courses in Professional Writing (and in related areas, upon approval by the advisor)
  • 24 elective credits

Visit our Courses page to help plan out which courses you may want to take to meet your degree requirement.

If you have any further questions about these requirements, or other questions related to the program, contact Graduate Coordinator of the Professional Writing Program Dr. Rachel Spilka.


  • For the PhD Program: Students can transfer up to 27 credits from a Master's degree.
  • Each student's program of study must be approved by a faculty advisor, the Plan G Coordinator, and the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies.
  • Subject to the approval of the Graduate Professional Writing (Plan G) Advisory Committee, students may take up to 6 credits in a closely related field. Students who wish to petition for more credits in a related field need to check with their advisor and the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the English department.