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356 Bachelor Hall
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
fax: 513.529.1392

This page last updated
August 7, 2013

Graduate Program


Master’s students in the diverse array of programs offered by the Department of English pursue advanced studies that enable them to hone the talents they already possess, develop new interests and skills, and define their professional aspirations.

Doctoral students combine intensive coursework in their chosen areas of study with thorough preparation for teaching careers at a range of post-secondary institutions.

Members of the graduate faculty pride themselves on an outstanding collective record of scholarly and creative publication; the rigor of the graduate curriculum; the flexibility of programs, and the close, collegial relationships among students and faculty that characterize all our degree concentrations.

The side menu has links to more detailed information about how to apply to our program, program requirements, and other matters. You may also wish to visit the independent websites of our graduate programs in Composition and Rhetoric, Creative Writing, and Literature. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Monica Baxter
Department of English
Administrative Assistant to the Graduate Program
Phone: 513.529.7530

Independent Study


Independent Study in English provides a means for students to expand, enrich, or deepen their understanding of an aspect of their classroom study, or to undertake an investigation in a subject not covered in a regular course.

The Department of English offers Independent Study in all of its disciplines (creative writing, literary and cultural studies, linguistics, and professional writing). Independent Study may be conducted for one to five semester credit hours; the proposed study must not duplicate any course available to the student.

Any student in the University is eligible to submit a proposal. Finding an instructor willing to mentor an independent study is always the student’s responsibility, but the instructor will assist in shaping and refining the study.

The student must propose the study on a form available in 356 Bachelor, and must obtain the required signatures on an Independent Study permit available in 356 or from the Registrar’s office. Proposals should be submitted by the fourteenth week of the semester preceding the one in which the study will occur.

For information on restrictions and assistance with the forms, consult the Administrative Assistant to the Graduate Program, Monica Baxter (