What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The Ph.D. is designed to be completed in five years. A minimum of 36 hours of coursework is required beyond the M.A. or M.F.A. with focus in Fiction; a minimum of 39 hours of coursework is required beyond the M.A. or M.F.A. with focus in Poetry.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Creative Writing, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program in English, Concentration in Creative Writing, is one of the top 15 in the U.S., as ranked by Poets & Writers. The program offers graduate students the opportunity to work closely with our award-winning faculty while living and writing in Atlanta, an international city with a vibrant literary culture.

Our students publish—recently with Random House, Algonquin Books, St Martin’s, Alice James Books, Bloomsbury, Anhinga Press and Louisiana State University Press—and win important prizes and fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from The Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Georgia Author of the Year Award.

Our faculty include David Bottoms, Beth Gylys, John Holman, Sheri Joseph and Josh Russell. Visiting writers & editors enrich the program by giving readings and leading workshops and Q&As.

Students may qualify for teaching assistantships, editorial assistantships and fellowships.

Creative Writing, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program in English, Concentration in Creative Writing, is one of the top 15 in the U.S., as ranked by Poets & Writers. The program offers graduate students the opportunity to work closely with our award-winning faculty while living and writing in Atlanta, an international city with a vibrant literary culture.

Our students publish—recently with Random House, Algonquin Books, St Martin’s, Alice James Books, Bloomsbury, Anhinga Press and Louisiana State University Press—and win important prizes and fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from The Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Georgia Author of the Year Award.

Our faculty include David Bottoms, Beth Gylys, John Holman, Sheri Joseph and Josh Russell. Visiting writers & editors enrich the program by giving readings and leading workshops and Q&As.

Students may qualify for teaching assistantships, editorial assistantships and fellowships.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The Ph.D. is designed to be completed in five years. A minimum of 36 hours of coursework is required beyond the M.A. or M.F.A. with focus in Fiction; a minimum of 39 hours of coursework is required beyond the M.A. or M.F.A. with focus in Poetry.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Careers

Alumni hold full-time positions at Texas A&M University, Spelman College, the University of Rhode Island, Norfolk State University, University of West Georgia, Augustana College, California Polytechnic University, Fort Lewis College, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and elsewhere.

Program Details

  • A master’s degree in English or a closely related discipline from an accredited college or university;
  • A 10-20 page critical writing sample;
  •  A portfolio consisting of a minimum of 10 poems; or three works of fiction totaling no fewer than 30 and no more than 50 pages.

For application and admissions requirements, see the graduate catalog.

For fiction writers:

  • 12 hours of ENGL 8030 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 8160 Form and Theory of Literary Craft in Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 8202 Contemporary Fiction Craft (3)
  • Three hours of courses in or strongly related to area of primary  specialty
  • ENGL 8160 Form and Theory of Literary Craft in Poetry (3)
  • Six hours of courses in or strongly related to area of secondary specialty
  • Three hours of language study, unless satisfied at M.A. level
  • Three hours of literary theory/critical methodology/cultural studies, unless satisfied at M.A. level

For poets:

  • Twelve hours of ENGL 8020 Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 8160 Form and Theory of Literary Craft in Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 8201 Contemporary Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 8203 20th-Century American and British Poetry Craft I (3)
  • ENGL 8160 Form and Theory of Literary Craft in Fiction (3)
  • Three hours of courses in or strongly related to area of primary specialty
  • Six hours of courses in or strongly related to area of secondary specialty
  • Three hours of language study, unless satisfied at M.A. level
  • Three hours of literary theory/ critical methodology/cultural studies, unless satisfied at M.A. level

For course requirements, see the graduate catalog.

From 2003 to 2017, the Department of English has tracked employment data on 129 graduates of our Ph.D. program:

77% have faculty and/or administrative appointments at a 2- or 4-year college or university

9% are employed in private business or industry

6% are secondary or middle school teachers

5% have postdoctoral fellowships

1% are self-employed or work for the government or a nonprofit organization

Description

Contacts

Director of Graduate Studies in English
Chris Kocela
ckocela@gsu.edu

Director of Creative Writing
Josh Russell
josh@gsu.edu

College of Arts & Sciences
25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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