University of Southern California

PhD Program

Los Angeles, CA
Not Genre-Specific
Program Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 1, 2016
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Janalynn Bliss
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Mark Irwin, Anna Journey, Susan McCabe, Carol Muske-Dukes, David St. John
Fiction: Aimee Bender, T.C. Boyle, Geoff Dyer, Percival Everett, Dana Johnson, Viet Thanh Nguyen, David Treuer, Marianne Wiggins

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers fellowships and assistantships, which offer tuition remission, year-round health insurance coverage, and a modest stipend.

Other Features: 

Students are encouraged to cultivate their diverse interests with courses outside of the English Department. Many students choose to pursue a complimentary graduate certificate concurrent with the PhD degree. The Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers graduate certificate programs in Gender Studies, Visual Studies, East Asian Studies, and Visual Anthropology, among others.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in PhD student-run projects such as the Loudest Voice, a reading series, and Gold Line Press, a publisher of poetry and fiction chapbooks. There is also the English Department’s Boudreaux Visiting Writers Series and Frank N. Magill Poetry Series, as well as the University-wide Visions & Voices series. USC also hosts the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.


Chris Abani, Ava Chin, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Siel Ju, Katherine Karlin, Bonnie Nadzam, Eric Rawson, Rick Reid, Amy Schroeder