For the most complete and up-to-date information on our program requirements, please download the corresponding checklist for graduation:
- MA Literary Studies (Thesis Option)
- MA Literary Studies (Portfolio Option)
- MA Rhetoric & Composition (Thesis Option)
- MA Rhetoric & Composition (Portfolio Option)
- PhD in English (both Literary Studies and Rhetoric & Composition)
For further information, please visit the Graduate Manual 2017-2018. HOWEVER, please note that due to some recent changes, not all information on course requirements in the manual is accurate. The HANDOUTS above ARE accurate. Also, stay up-to-date with the Graduate School’s deadlines and requirements.
Overview of Important Requirements
- Establishing Residency. All M.A. and Ph.D. students who hold Teaching Assistantships must establish residency in the state of Washington and maintain such residency for the full duration of their T.A. appointments. To qualify as a resident student, state law requires that you establish a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington for a period of one year, for purposes other than educational, prior to the start of the semester or quarter for which you intend to register. For more information, please refer to the Student Residency page found on the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) website. Failure to do so may mean that their tuition waivers will be suspended by the WSU Graduate School.
- Foreign Language Requirement. All candidates for graduate degrees in English are required to provide evidence of substantial preparation in language studies. Both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs have specific foreign language requirements. See page 24-28 of the Graduate Manual for more information or visit the Language Proficiency Website.
- Annual Review. Every graduate student is required to submit an updated CV to the Director of Graduate Studies at the end of each Spring Semester (preferably no later than May 1). The purpose of this submission is to allow the DGS to assemble an annual report concerning graduate student progress and accomplishment.
- Responsible Research. As of Fall 2006, all graduate students are required to undergo training on the responsible conduct of research. This is a web-based training module, available online at myResearch.wsu.edu. Students are encouraged to complete this training module as expeditiously as possible; they will not be eligible for a TA or RA until they have completed it. All Personnel Action Forms (PAFs) must include the date on which the training was completed. Training needs to be completed by August 15 for payroll purposes.
- Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Prevention. Graduate students are also strongly encouraged to complete Sexual Harassment training. An online training module is available.