- When are my applications materials due? What is required?
- Which is the most important part of the application?
- How important is it to make contact with an Emory faculty member before applying?
- Does Emory hold an "open house" for applicants?
- What is funding like?
- How long does a Ph.D. in English at Emory take?
- I am finishing my Master's degree. What will that mean for my program at Emory?
- What about funding to attend conferences, to conduct research during the summer, or to attend external seminars or professional development programs?
- How much do graduate students teach?
- How successful are Emory graduate students on the job market? What does the department do to help them?
It will mean that you will take less coursework here -- about a year less -- which in turn makes it more likely that you will finish in five years. Students who have completed a Master's degree elsewhere enter our program with "advanced standing"; the Graduate Handbook has more details on what that status means.
What about funding to attend conferences, to conduct research during the summer, or to attend external seminars or professional development programs?
How successful are Emory graduate students on the job market? What does the department do to help them?
The department appoints two faculty members each year to serve as job placement officers. These professors hold workshops, counsel students individually, and arrange mock interviews for graduate students who are on the market. Additionally, we have begun a program in "alt-ac" job placement for those who are seeking appointments in other higher-education fields such as administration, advising, archival work, etc. Students traveling to the Modern Language Association conference and other venues for interviews receive financial support through the Laney Graduate School's Professional Development Support Funds. Our students find positions in departments across the country, in a variety of institutions, from large research universities to small liberal arts colleges.
The department also prepares students professionally long before they are ready to begin looking for positions. A brown-bag luncheon series on topics related to professionalization provides all students a forum for understanding how academic careers (as well as non-academic careers in which the PhD is relevant) take shape; pedagogical seminars on composition and literature help students to prepare the teaching materials required for academic employment; and a colloquium on the dissertation gives students an added edge in learning how to talk about their research to a group of academics outside of their specialization.