Puget Sound English Department

February 24, 2009

Ph.D. versus M.F.A. in English

Some junior and senior English majors may be considering graduate school, which includes an M.A.T. (which customarily leads to teaching high school), an M.F.A in creative writing, or a Ph.D. in literature or rhetoric/composition studies. For a perspective on the Ph.D. versus the M.F.A., you might want to look at the following blog:

http://ninosoriadeveyra.wordpress.com/2007/06/30/to-phd-or-to-mfa-that-is-the-question/

Also, professors in the English Department itself have earned Ph.D.s, M.A.s, and/or M.F.A.s, so feel free to ask us questions, too.

One basic consideration is time. A Ph.D. in literature or rhetoric usually takes 7-8 years to complete (after the B.A.), whereas an M.F.A. usually takes about two years.

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