The CUA MA and PhD programs in English are accepting applications for the academic year 2024-25. All applications completed by February 1 will receive full consideration for funding. 

The Catholic University Department of English grants the M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature, offering training in all major historical periods. Advantages of the graduate program include: 

  • An excellent record of employment for our PhDs
  • Small class sizes and individualized attention from a distinguished faculty
  • Funding for up to seven years of graduate study
  • Strong pedagogical training
  • The D.C. Advantage: Access to some of the nation's finest libraries and research collections, and to the rich cultural life of the nation's capital


Affiliated Programs

Faculty from the Department of English teach courses in several affiliated programs. Many of the courses in these interdisciplinary programs also satisfy requirements for undergraduate and graduate degrees in English.

  • Medieval and Byzantine Studies Program: An interdisciplinary program emphasizing the complex intertwining of theology, philosophy, Latin and vernacular languages, and history.

  • Irish Studies Program: From its founding in 1887, the Catholic University of America has cultivated a unique relationship with Ireland, its people and its legacy in the modern world. The faculty in Arts and Sciences has long encouraged the study of all aspects of Irish society, from the country’s languages, art and literature to its rich religious, social and political complexity. Irish culture has shaped, and continues to shape, the present in profound ways, not only in Ireland but on the European continent, in North America and throughout the world.