General Information for All Applicants Review Process: Joint program applicants will be considered for the joint program, the MFA only program and the Ph D only program when applying for the joint program. If a joint program space isn’t offered, there is still the possibility that the MFA committee or Ph D committee would offer admission for that specific degree instead.
Application review begins immediately after the submission deadline.
Each student and special committee will decide what work in a foreign language is most appropriate for a student’s graduate program and scholarly interests.
Some students’ doctoral programs require extensive knowledge of a single foreign language and literature; others require reading ability in two or more foreign languages.
Please check back in summer 2020 for a Joint MFA/Ph D program update. The Joint MFA / Ph D Program is a unique opportunity for students to earn an MFA in creative writing and then complete scholarly research for a Ph D in English language and literature.
This program offers intensive study with distinguished faculty committed to creative and intellectual achievement and offers a fuller integration of literature courses and writing workshops.Several departments at Cornell offer pertinent courses in such subjects as descriptive linguistics, psycholinguistics and the philosophy of language.All Joint MFA / Ph D degree candidates are guaranteed five-years of funding (including a stipend, a full tuition fellowship, and student health insurance): Students have also successfully competed for Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship, Society for the Humanities Fellowships, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Shin Yong’Jin Graduate Fellowships, Provost’s Diversity Fellowships, fellowships in recognition of excellence in teaching and grants from the Graduate School to help with the cost of travel to scholarly conferences and research collections.Each year one or two students may be admitted to the Joint MFA / Ph D Program, exploring a fuller integration of literature courses and writing workshops and fulfilling the requirements of both the MFA and Ph D programs.In their first four semesters in residence, joint candidates are expected to complete four writing workshops and four or five Ph D seminars for credit, all of which apply to the Ph D course requirement of twelve courses (of which six must be taken for a letter grade).While completing your application, you may save and edit your data. It may be an excerpt from a larger work or a combination of several works.Once you click submit, your application will be closed for changes. Once you pay and click submit, you will not be able to make any changes or revisions and we can not make any changes on your behalf. Poetry applicants: Your sample must be 10 pages in length and include a combination of several poems, where possible.The Department of English, in conjunction with the John S.Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, offers excellent training for beginning teachers and varied and interesting teaching in the university-wide First-Year Writing Program.The courses are writing-intensive and may fall under such general rubrics as “Portraits of the Self,” “American Literature and Culture,” “Shakespeare,” and “Cultural Studies,” among others.A graduate student may also serve as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate lecture course taught by a member of the Department of English.