Our nationally ranked PhD program provides specialized training in literary, cultural, and language studies for students who plan to teach at universities and colleges. While students pursue individualized programs of study within the parameters of our degree requirements, they share the qualities of excellent critical thinking and writing, and above all, of intellectual curiosity. Admission to the PhD program is highly competitive, but all admitted students receive a 5 year funding package. Once our students enter, they are mutually supportive and develop networks of collegial friends often maintained beyond their time at UMD.
Our students gain extensive teaching experience as part of their training at UMD, and our placement record is among the best in the nation.
Students moving successfully toward the PhD degree are expected to complete the degree typically in 5-6 years, even though the Graduate School allows for a maximum of 9 years. To maintain their status, students are expected to make satisfactory progress; those who do not may be eligible to change their degree objective from the PhD to the MA.