A Non-Comprehensive, Incomplete List of Creative Writing & Creative Writing-ish Doctoral Programs
Here you’ll find the (U.S., Canada, & U.K.) Creative Writing Ph.D.s that we know of so far.
Disclaimer: We make this list in good faith and do not claim any of this information to be wholly correct or representative of these programs. Please consult the program(s) you are interested in for most up-to-date, best-informed answers. We’ve had trouble understanding exactly how funded,* and how equally funded,* candidates are across these programs, so we’ve left most funding information* off this page, for now. We do our best to update this list as we learn more about programs. Poetry.onl does not endorse, support, or receive payment from any mentioned program.
*We define “funded” or “funding” as a Ph.D. program which offers both full-tuition remission + a stipend of at least $12,000 USD per academic year, for at least four  years, to ALL admitted doctoral students.
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Creative Writing Ph.D. Requirements
Graduation Requirements for the Ph.D. in English Creative Writing Concentration
10 Courses—120 Total Credit Hours
In addition to the general Ph.D requirements, doctoral students in creative writing must take two literary history seminars in their period of specialization and one literary history seminar in a period other than their period of specialization. They must also take three creative writing workshops in their genre and one creative writing workshop outside their genre. In preparation for the creative writing dissertation, they take a graduate elective, which can be a course outside the department or a fifth workshop.
Seminars are 4 credit hours. The remaining hours come from professionalization courses, reading hours, and / or electives.
- ENG 5950: Introduction to English Studies
- ENG 5890: Teaching College English (required only for teaching assistants)
- Three Creative Writing Workshops in Specialization
- One Creative Writing Workshop outside Specialization
- Two Literature Courses in Specialization
- One Literature Course outside Specialization
- One Elective Course (can be from outside the department)
- ENG 7910: Professional Issue in Teaching College English (1 hour per semester; required only for teaching assistants)
- ENG 7770: Colloquium on the Profession (1 hour per semester)
- Foreign Language Reading Proficiency
- Comprehensive Examinations
Independent Reading 5930
Finish hours with these classes. These reading hours have not been counted toward the course totals in each degree concentration, but they do count toward the total number of credit hours required per semester to maintain a teaching assistantship.
Minimum Semester Hours
Students with teaching assistantships will complete the program with 120 hours, but the program could be completed by full-time students without teaching assistantships in 46 hours.
Foreign Language Requirement
Reading Proficiency demonstrated by translation exam or completion of ML 5900.