Graduate Studies

MA Program

The University of Louisville's Master's degree offers emphasis in literary studies, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, and professional writing.  Students may elect to write a scholarly thesis as a capstone project or take additional coursework and complete a non-thesis project. For more information visit: MA in English and Graduate Program Guidelines.


Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition

Established over 30 years ago, the University of Louisville Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Composition prepares its students for research and teaching careers in the theory and practice of rhetoric and composition. The doctoral program introduces the student to the teaching of writing, to the history of rhetoric, to current issues and research methods in rhetoric and composition, to contemporary theories of interpretation, and to the interconnections among literature, rhetoric and composition. Recent special topic seminars have focused on literacy, writing in the disciplines, new media and composition pedagogy, and the politics of language in composition. For more information visit: Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition and the Graduate Program Guidelines.

To view past dissertation titles visit: Defended Dissertations

Students are encouraged to participate in the biennial international Watson Conference, hosted by the University of Louisville. The Watson endowment also allows for a distinguished visiting professor to teach a graduate course at the university each year the conference is not held. For more information visit: Watson Conference


For more information on faculty research interests and publications visit our faculty pages.

Department of English, 315 Bingham Humanities, 2211 South Brook Street,Louisville, KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-6801 Fax: (502) 852-4182

Graduate Studies: (502) 852-0505

Office Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00 PM

Annelise Gray (Graduate Program Assistant, Sr.): 8:00AM - 4:00 PM 

Dr. Stephen Schneider (Graduate Program Director): By appointment