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Cornell University

Field of English Language and Literature

Ithaca , NY

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Cornell University


Cornell University / Field of English Language and Literature is located in Ithaca, NY, in a small setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Fine Arts/Doctor of Philosophy (MFA/PhD)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Literary criticism and theory
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) English poetry
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Lesbian, bisexual, and gay literary studies
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) American studies
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) American literature to 1865
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Prose fiction
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Restoration and the eighteenth-century
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) American literature after 1865
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Old and Middle English
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Women's literature
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Creative writing
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Colonial and postcolonial literatures
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) The nineteenth century
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) African-American literature
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Dramatic literature
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) English Renaissance to 1660
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) The twentieth century
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Cultural studies

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 18
Doctoral Degrees 16

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
1 Foreign Language
Thesis Required
Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required
Teaching experience


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 10th Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements 3 letters of recommendation, creative writing sample
Doctoral Degree Requirements 3 letters of recommendation, writing sample

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 77

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 3.85%
Black or African American 7.69%
White or Caucasian 53%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 11.54%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1.28%
Unknown 6.41%


Male (33%)
Female (66%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 63
Part-time - 0
Male (29)
Female (34)


Focus of faculty research: English and American literature, women's writing, ethnic and post-colonial literature, critical theory, medievalism
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 144 East Avenue
Ithaca, NY  14853
United States
Contact Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: 607-255-7989
Fax: 607-255-6661