The Department of English offers one of the most varied and flexible programs in the Southwest, including Master's and Doctoral programs in literature and cultural studies as well as Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), linguistics, professional writing, creative writing, composition, rhetoric, and screen studies.
Graduate seminars include studies in professional writing, creative writing, TESL, screen studies, composition and rhetoric, linguistics, and all periods of literature in English including classes in Postcolonial and Native American literature. Our graduate programs are flexible, allowing students to tailor their studies according to their career goals and personal interests.
Master's candidates should submit 2 letters of recommendation with their applications and have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0, particularly in English courses. Ideally, master's candidates should have an undergraduate major in English, but they may be admitted with other majors, especially to the technical writing and TESL programs.
Ph.D. applicants should submit 3 letters of recommendation with their application. The Ph.D. candidate should have a grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate work, and an official transcript showing the Master's degree.
Admissions criteria include personal and educational experience as well as scholarly and professional potential. The English Department does not require the GRE for either the Master's degree or the Doctoral candidate. No single factor in the student's record should be considered definitive in the admission process, although GPA and a writing sample are major factors.
Both Doctoral and Master's candidates may receive a maximum of nine hours of course credit earned at another institution.
The English Department requires standardized English proficiency test scores for all applicants whose native language is not English, even those who have previously received degrees from American universities. The minimum recommended score for the paper-based TOEFL is 600 and for the TWE is 5.0, for the Computer-based TOEFL the minimum total score is 250 and the TWE score is 5.0. Students taking the TOEFL iBT should demonstrate high scores on all sub-tests. The minimum recommended total score is 100, with minimum reading and writing section scores of 26.
More information regarding English language proficiency can be found at: http://english.okstate.edu/grad/admission/proficiency_req.htm
Assistantships are available on a competitive basis.
Complete the assistantship form found at http://english.okstate.edu/grad/ApplforEmploy.htm.
Mail the printout of the completed form to the Department of English.
Additionally, domestic students are asked to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form annually and submit materials to the processing center as soon after January as possible to receive aid for the subsequent academic year. The FAFSA information can be completed online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Graduate Faculty List
Carol Moder, Department Head
Edward Walkiewicz, Director, Literature Program
Gene Halleck, Director, TESL and Linguistics Program
Lisa Lewis, Director, Creative Writing Program
Richard Batteiger, Director, Composition and Rhetoric Program
Robert Mayer, Director, Screen Studies Program
Thomas Warren, Director, Technical Writing Program
William Decker, Director, Graduate Program
Ai, MFA, University of California at Irvine (Creating Writing - Poetry)
An Cheng, PhD, Pennsylvania State University (Writing Theories & Practices, Applied Linguistics)
Brewster Fitz, PhD, Yale University (Criticism/Theory & Comparative Literature)
Brian Price, PhD, New York University (Film Theory)
Carol Mason, PhD, University of Minnesota (Women’s Studies)
Carol Moder, PhD, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (Linguistics and TESL)
Duke Pesta, PhD, Purdue University (Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama & Literature, Spenser)
Edward Jones, PhD, Ohio University (Renaissance British Literature)
Edward Walkiewicz, PhD, University of New Mexico (20th-Century Literature)
Elizabeth Grubgeld, PhD, University of Iowa (British and Irish Literature Post 1900)
Gene Halleck, PhD, Pennsylvania State University (TESL and Linguistics)
Hugh Manon, PhD, University of Pittsburgh (Screen Studies)
Jeffrey Walker, PhD, Pennsylvania State University (Colonial & 19th-Century American Literature, Film, Textual Editing)
Jon Billman, MFA, Eastern Washington University (Creative Writing – Fiction)
Laurie Schick, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (Language Socialization)
Linda Austin, PhD, University of Rochester (Cultural Studies in the "Long" 19th Century (1780-1917))
Linda Leavell, PhD, Rice University (20th-Century American Literature)
Lindsey Smith, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (American and American Indian Literatures)
Lisa Lewis, PhD, University of Houston (Creative Writing - Poetry)
Martin Wallen, PhD, Vanderbilt University (Romanticism, Literary Theory)
Meghan Sutherland, PhD, Northwestern University (Screen Studies)
Merrall Price, PhD, University of Rochester (Medieval Literature)
Randi Eldevik, PhD, Harvard University (Early British Literature)
Ravi Sheorey, PhD, University of Texas at Austin (TESL and Bilingual Education)
Rebecca Damron, PhD, Oklahoma State University (Writing Center & Linguistics)
Richard Batteiger, PhD, University of Florida (Composition/Rhetoric & Early British Literature)
Richard Frohock, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara (18th-Century Studies & Early American Literature)
Robert Mayer, PhD, Northwestern University (18th Century British Literature & Screen Studies)
Ron Brooks, PhD, University of Oklahoma (Composition, Rhetoric, Literacy)
Stacy Takacs, PhD, Indiana University (American Cultural Studies & Television Studies)
Susan Garzon, PHD, University of Iowa (Linguistics and TESL)
Thomas Warren, PhD, University of Kansas (Technical and Professional Communication)
Toni Graham, MFA, San Francisco State University(Creative Writing - Fiction)
William Decker, PhD, University of Iowa (19th-Century American Literature)