News from the Graduate Program

Fallica named 2016 Mellon / ACLS Fellow: Kristen M. Fallica (PhD 2013) was recently named as one of the 2016 cohort of Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows.  The program is designed to demonstrate the broad value of advanced training in the humanities by placing humanities PhD students in important roles in the public and nonprofit sectors.  Kristen will be working as a Digital Programming Strategist for the Chicago Humanities Festival. For more information, please visit here.

Hot Metal Bridge Post-Baccalaureate Program: Students who are interested in pursuing a PhD but who would benefit from a year of coursework and mentoring to shore up their preparation can apply for the HMB Post-Bac Program. The program is designed for students who will help Pitt fulfill its diversity goals.  For more information, please visit the Hot Metal Bridge Program site.

New focal areas in the Literature sector of the PhD Program: Four new focal areas have been developed to enhance the department’s intellectual life at large and to provide an infrastructure for PhD students based in literature. The areas are Children’s Literature and Childhood StudiesGenealogies of Modernity: Medieval and RenaissanceMedia and Material Practices; and Race, Poetics, and Empire. Read about the focal areas.

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Poet Tess Barry (Pitt MA 2008) is a finalist in Carol Ann Duffy’s Manchester Writing Competition. Read more here.

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 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 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 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 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 

Nancy Glazener 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. Neepa Majumdar is the Graduate Coordinator for the Film Studies PhD Program and can advise students about their applications to the Film PhD Program.

The English department graduate administrator, Jesse Daugherty, can be reached at 412-624-6549, and his office is CL 529-C.

Randall Halle is the graduate director for doctoral students pursuing the PhD in Film Studies with English as the associated department. Contact him at