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Graduate Program

Lehigh English graduate student


Welcome to Lehigh’s graduate program in English. Our Master’s and Doctoral programs seek to promote the academic, personal, and professional growth of our students, helping to prepare them for a range of future roles as writers, researchers, educators, and leaders–both in the academy and beyond. 

Hallmarks of Lehigh’s graduate program include: 

  • Small classes led by research-active faculty engaged in both traditional and public-facing scholarship.
  • A shared intellectual focus on the intersections of literary studies and social justice.
  • Intensive pedagogical training and hands-on experience teaching first year writing
  • A lively and close-knit departmental community. 
  • Opportunities for student collaboration with faculty on research and public humanities projects. 
  • Post-graduate career-planning assistance from both departmental faculty and Lehigh staff

Our graduate program is especially distinctive for its commitment to offering a complete funding package to all admitted full-time students at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. This covers: 

  • Tuition remission (i.e. all tuition costs are covered by the university)
  • An additional stipend of $25,000-$26,000 a year (as of 2023)

Graduate student funding is secured through teaching fellowships. This means that most students teach one section of first-year composition per semester. Students are guided through their teaching via a pedagogy seminar and practicum in their first year, followed by ongoing mentorship from dedicated writing faculty.

Ashlee Simon, doctoral student in English at Lehigh University

Doctoral Student Ashlee Simon Studies Victorian Literature Through Lens of Health Humanities

Simon’s studies combine her interests in literature and the history of medicine, addiction and toxicology.

Read Ashlee's Story