As part of a research university with over 5,000 graduate students, the English Department offers an M.A. program, a Ph.D. program, and an M.A. in Teaching for English teachers, as well as an M.A. concentration in Irish Literature and Culture and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities.

Interested in graduate studies in English?

Graduate Degree Programs

Doctorate in English

Doctorate in English (Ph.D.)

Master of Arts in English

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

At a Glance


doctoral students



master's students



of doctoral students receive full tuition remission and a stipend

Resources for Graduate Students

Working Groups

The English Department is home to a number of working groups that bring graduate students and faculty together around a shared scholarly interest. These include: The Early Modern Reading Group, The Religion and Literature Collaborative, The American Studies Working Group, The Pedagogy Seminar, and Postcolonial Social Theory and the Sociology of Race.

Working Groups

BC Libraries

Boston College boasts a system of nine linked libraries, containing nearly three million volumes, along with state-of-the-art online access. The rare books collection at the Burns Library offers significant holdings in Irish culture, literature, and history, as well as British Catholic authors and ethnic studies of Africana and Caribbeana.

BC Libraries

Additional Programs

Boston College is home to the McMullen Museum of Art, which collaborates with members of the faculty to curate world-class exhibitions. Members of the English department have participated in exhibitions before. BC is also the home of a nationally-recognized program in Irish Studies, and the interdisciplinary journal Religion and the Arts.

Irish Studies

Teaching & Professional Development

M.A. and Ph.D. students receiving fellowships teach in the undergraduate classroom. The Morrissey College offers funds for travel to conferences for students giving professional papers, and students have the opportunity to organize the Biennial Graduate Conference.


Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Boston

Home to more than 35 colleges and universities, Boston is an intellectual and cultural hub unlike any other. Located six miles west of downtown, Boston College offers easy access to the wealth of academic talks and gatherings hosted on the city’s many campuses, as well as to the events hosted by historic bookstores and cultural institutions. 

Meet Our Students

Driven, reflective, and forward-thinking, our students are astute scholars who come from a variety of backgrounds.

M.A. Students      Ph.D. Students