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About the Graduate Program

These pages offer admission and policy information about graduate study in English at the University of Pittsburgh.

To browse program-specific information, visit the graduate sections of the program sites: Literature, Composition, Film and Media Studies, and Writing.

The English Department has four distinguished graduate degree programs, described briefly below.

Doctoral Program: Cultural and Critical Studies (PhD): As one of the first to emphasize cultural and critical studies in the nation, our PhD program has been hailed as a leader of innovation in English studies. Our faculty includes distinguished scholars in cultural theory and criticism, British and American literary history, composition and pedagogy, and film and television studies.

Doctoral Program: Film and Media Studies with English as the Associated Department (PhD): The PhD in Film Studies with English as the associated department is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental degree that stresses the history, theory, and aesthetics of international cinema, video, television, and new media. In addition to working with English faculty, students work with faculty from French, German, Hispanic Language and Literatures, History of Art and Architecture, or Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Master of Fine Arts Program in Writing (MFA): Our MFA program is one of the oldest in the country. With internationally distinguished writers among its faculty, the MFA offers intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, along with readings courses in a range of contemporary writing.

Master of Arts in English Program (MA): The MA in English program offers students the opportunity to undertake graduate work across a variety of historical periods and representational practices. We seek to examine the relationships across diverse writing practices by close and theoretically informed readings. Students can concentrate their elective work broadly across English studies, or they can focus in the programmatic areas of the department (literature, film and media studies, composition, and children's literature).


Graduate applications are available online through the School of Arts and Sciences. See how to apply.

Students who wish to apply to the PhD in Film and Media Studies with English as the associated program should visit that program’s description page for application details.

Contact Information

Graduate Office
Department of English
CL 526, University of Pittsburgh
4200 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260 

Tyler Bickford is the English Department's Director of Graduate Studies and can advise students about their applications to any of the English Department's graduate degree programs.

Randall Halle is the Director of the Film Studies Program and advises students pursuing the PhD in Film Studies with English as the associated department. Contact him at

The English department graduate administrator, Jesse Daugherty, can be reached at 412-624-6549 or by email at and his office is CL 529-C.   Please contact him with any questions about the Apply Yourself procedures.