English (PhD)

Program at a Glance

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
College of Arts & Letters: Department of English
Cost: $464-501 per credit hour *
Required: 48 credit hours
Learning Environment: Online synchronousAccess course material online from any location and participate in regularly scheduled online class meetings.

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The PhD in English integrates writing, rhetoric, discourse, technology, and textual studies. The course work and research opportunities are designed to appeal both to professionals with careers outside the classroom and those who are pursuing an academic career.

Your course work will emphasize research that examines texts in a variety of overlapping and sometimes competing language-based worlds. The focus is on how the creation and reception of texts and media are affected by form, purpose, technology of composition, audience, cultural location, and communities of discourse.

Why ODU for a PhD in English?

You can pursue full- or part-time study through a combination of on-campus and distance learning courses. Focus your studies by choosing two of four emphasis areas from:

  1. Literary and cultural studies,
  2. Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies,
  3. Technology and Media Studies, and
  4. A student-designed Emphasis.

Please contact the Department of English for more details.


Core course work includes:

  • Major Debates in English Studies
  • Empirical Research Methods and Project Design
  • Dissertation Seminar

Old Dominion University requires that doctoral students complete one year of full-time, on-campus study to complete the degree. To accommodate that requirement, part-time students and students at a distance attend two Summer Doctoral Institutes. Please visit the Department of English web page for more details.

Admission Information

Detailed information about admission to the Ph.D. in English program is available from the department's website.

English PhD Careers

  • Writing/Editing
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Business/Industry
  • Law
  • Digital Design
  • New Media

Calculating Cost

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $464
Students living outside of Virginia $501
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1160

Rates are effective Fall 2015 and subject to change. Please visit ODU's main Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details, including fees and deadlines.

For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please click here.

Learning Environment

Courses in this program are offered in this technology:

Online synchronous: Access course material online from any location and participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings.