University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English


Graduate Program News
The UVM English Department is pleased to announce the creation of the Buckham Graduate Teaching Assistantship, which will be awarded biennially to an outstanding applicant to the Master's Program in English. The fellowship will cover two years of tuition plus stipend pay (of around $15,500) for each of those years. The Buckham Graduate Teaching Assistant will receive training in pedagogy and teach, along with the department's other Graduate Teaching Assistants, in the university's First-Year Writing Program. The Graduate Committee will consider all applicants for this fellowship, though preference will be given to in-state residents.

Graduate Program in English

Our Master's in English features seminar style courses, ranging from study of the English language and its literatures to critical theory, and world and post-colonial literatures.

Since 2005, MA students have gone on to Ph.D. programs in English at Tufts University, SUNY Buffalo, Oklahoma State University, SUNY Binghamton, Vanderbilt, and the University of Virginia. They have also entered Ph.D. programs in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota; in Communication and Culture at Indiana University; in American Studies at Michigan State; in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UVM; in History at Rice University; in Composition at the University of Pittsburgh, and in Cultural Studies at the Claremont Graduate School. One 2004 graduate has completed his Ph.D. and is an assistant of American literature at the University of South Dakota.

Other recent M.A. alumni have gone on to become public and private high school teachers, adjunct college instructors, journalists and creative writers, higher education administrators, and staff members at educational and scientific publishers. They include UVM's Web News Editor and contributor to Vermont Quarterly, senior editor at Random House, a production specialist at W.W. Norton, an author of children's books, a university librarian, a project manager at a wind energy firm, a teacher of English and ASL in Israel, a creative writer and photographer, an advertising account manager, a published novelist, and an administrator of an organization serving people with developmental disabilities.

For more information, please contact Professor Jennifer Sisk, Director of Graduate Studies

Master's in English

To apply for the M.A. program in English, please see the Graduate College site. All application materials should be submitted to them including a 10-15 page sample of critical (not creative) writing.

Funding opportunities are limited to applications received by the February 1 deadline.

The department offers two means of completing the M.A. in English:


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