The Graduate Program in English offers course work leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature or Writing Studies, as well as coursework leading to the MFA in Creative Writing.
In addition to coursework, the English Department sponsors a wide range of lectures, colloquia, and conferences. Students join reading groups and symposia, organize panels and roundtable discussions, and participate fully in the vibrant intellectual life that makes Illinois thrive. They sit on many departmental committees, and an active English Graduate Student Association organizes student-faculty social events and presentations on professional development. Students also participate in poetry and fiction readings, in dissertation writing circles, and in specialized study groups.