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Degree Programs

Literature Admissions Paused

As a result of the financial pressures created by the pandemic, we will not be accepting applications fall 2020 for enrollment in the MA or PhD program next year (2021-22). For admission to the MFA, please see the Creative Writing Program. We look forward to resuming admissions and reviewing your application in fall 2021 for MA and PhD enrollment in the academic year 2022-23. Please revisit this website next summer for updated information.

English and creative writing faculty at Minnesota are regularly recognized for the excellence of their teaching, scholarship, and writing. Our graduate students gain a thorough training in teaching as well as in research and writing. PhD students receive guaranteed full financial support for six years, MFA students for three. Our unique location within a major research university in a large metropolitan area opens up opportunities ranging from civic engagement to artistic collaboration.

Transferring Credit

You may transfer graduate credits from another university into our PhD, MA, and MFA programs. Our standard policy is to accept no more than four courses as transfer credits. The credits you wish to transfer must have been taken after you completed your baccalaureate.

CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.