Graduate Studies



The Department of English at Iowa State University continues to be a leader in graduate education. Our award-winning graduate faculty are known nationally and internationally for their exceptional research, and they are dedicated to mentoring graduate students as future educators, scholars, and professionals. Our Department supports coursework and research in a wide range of programs.

Each year, we offer over $120,000 of funding in fellowships and scholarships for graduate students at the doctoral and master’s levels.  Over 70% of our graduate students hold graduate teaching and research assistantships in the English department that provide up to five years of funding for PhD students entering with an MA, three years for MFA students, and two years for MA students.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate study in English at Iowa State, please feel free to contact faculty members who share your interests. Take a look at our admission guidelines at How to Apply, and get a sense of the department on our website.

If you have questions about the graduate program, please feel free to contact one of the graduate program staff by emailing us at


John Levis
Director of Graduate Education

Linda Shenk
Associate Director and Grad Connections Coordinator

Teresa Smiley
Graduate Program Staff Assistant