Graduate Programs

  • Doctoral Program (PhD)
    Our department is a vibrant and thriving intellectual community and offers a supportive and stimulating environment in which to do your graduate work. From our perspective, graduate study consists of work that happens both in seminars and in the many conversations that happen outside them: formally and informally, among and between faculty and students.
  • Master's Programs
    The Master's Program offers highly-motivated students the opportunity to study literature at an advanced level in an English department with an international reputation.
  • Poetics
    The Poetics Program takes as its principle that literary artists should teach both the art of writing and the theory of writing practice.
  • Graduate Course List
    A list of graduate courses regularly offered in the English department.
  • Psychoanalysis
    The CSPC is one of the premiere places to study psychoanalysis, culture, and language in North America.
  • Graduate Groups
    In addition to classes, graduate students participate in reading groups focused on specific topics of interest.
  • Fellowships and Awards
    Look through our available Fellowships for Research, Conference Travel, and Continued Support; Dissertation Fellowships; and Teaching Awards and Opportunities.
  • Job Placement
    Under the supervision of the Director of Graduate Placement and with the active participation of many faculty members, the English Department assists and advises graduate students during their job searches. This help is available to graduate students seeking jobs within or outside academia.
  • Graduate Admissions
    Information and advice on how to prepare your application to the PhD and Master's Programs.
  • Graduate Students
    Our graduate students are incredibly active in research, in the creative arts, and in the profession. In the past five years, they have received the following awards: a Visiting Artist Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome; a Ralph Emerson Society Dissertation Grant; an AAUW Dissertation Grant, and a Humboldt Foundation Fellowship. They have published critical articles and creative work in major journals and magazines. And they’ve written and translated novels, performed poetry at MoMA, and written an award-winning documentary film.

Contact Us

Graduate Studies

Damien Keane

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies

302B Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0681


Joyce Troy

Administrative Assistant

Graduate Office

305 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2567; Fax: (716) 645-5980


Graduate Admissions

Steven Miller

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Admissions

415 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0687; Fax: (716) 645-5980


Sophia Canavos

Administrative Assistant

Graduate Admissions Office

301 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2566; Fax: (716) 645-5980