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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Ph.D. with Creative Writing Concentration

Ph.D. in English with Creative Writing Concentration


The Ph.D. in English with Creative Writing Concentration (C.W.C.) is designed to prepare creative writers who have completed a creative writing M.F.A. to teach university-level literature and writing classes. The program provides an academically rigorous set of requirements designed to expand students’ knowledge of both a literary-historical field and some of the theoretical and aesthetic questions relevant to their own creative work and teaching interests. The objective is to prepare students to teach creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate level and literature courses at the undergraduate level. The C.W.C. program considers applicants who have completed an accredited M.F.A. program. The C.W.C. program is designed to grant students a Ph.D. in three years.

Our celebrated faculty represent a broad background in the creative arts including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, screen writing, and memoir writing. Additionally, our critical faculty offer expertise in American, British, and Anglophone literature, as well as literary and cultural theory, gender studies, postcolonial and global studies, critical race theory, cultural studies, history of the book, and digital humanities and textual science. Graduate Students at the University of Mississippi benefit from the department’s close ties to other academic departments and programs, including the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the African-American Studies Program, the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, the Environmental Studies Program, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, and the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Students interested in applying should submit the following:

Statement of Purpose


GRE scores

Three Letters of Recommendation

Creative Portfolio (10 pages of poetry / no more than 30 pages of fiction)

Critical Writing Sample (20-25 pages)

The deadline to apply is January 15th.

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