English PhD

The PhD in English is designed for students who wish to teach on the college level. The degree combines class work focused on either Critical Literacy (literature) or Written Discourse (Composition Studies) with extensive practical and theoretical work in teaching. With experience in tutoring, classroom teaching, and computer-assisted instruction (including digital media), our students receive an extensive preparation for the profession so they are ready to take their places as both teachers and scholars once they've completed their doctorate. At A&M-Commerce, doctoral students take classes with enrollments of no more than 15, including 21 hours of courses that train them to teach on the college level. Upon completion of the degree they will be able to speak about teaching with sophistication that arises from a powerful combination of theory and practice.

In addition, doctoral students plan, arrange, and participate in conferences held on campus; tutor in one of the best writing centers in the region; work on international, peer-reviewed journals; and are mentored and encouraged to publish original scholarship as well as present at regional and national conferences.

Doctoral Admission Packet

Departmental Website

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • Work Experience and Goals Statement Form
  • Writing Sample
  •  4 Letters of Recommendation - 2 of the 4 letters must be from people that hold a doctoral degree

  • Official General Test GRE Scores

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university, or

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student application deadlines:
  • Fall Admission Consideration
  • Apply Texas application submission deadline is May 1.
  • All required admission documents must be submitted by May 15.
  • Spring Admission Consideration
  • Apply Texas application submission deadline is November 15.
  • All required admission documents must be submitted by December 1.
  • Summer Admission Consideration
  • Apply Texas application submission deadline is April 1.
  • All required admission documents must be submitted by April 15.

International student application deadlines for a complete application packet:

  • Fall Application: Complete by May 15th
  • Spring Application: Complete by October 1st
  • Summer Application: Complete by February 15th