Graduate Studies

A Leader in Graduate Education

Nationally and internationally known for their wide-ranging research and exceptional teaching, our award-winning graduate faculty are dedicated to mentoring graduate students in our program’s supportive, welcoming environment. To support the success of our graduate students, our Graduate Studies program offers:

  • Over $120,000 of funding in fellowships and scholarships at the doctoral and master’s levels, and 70% of our graduate students hold graduate teaching and research assistantships which include full or partial tuition waivers and health insurance benefits
  • Up to five years of funding for PhD students entering with an MA, three years for MFA students, and two years for MA students
  • Professional development and community-building opportunities through the Grad Connections program
  • Travel funding for graduate students at all levels

Programs of Study

Our Department supports coursework and research in a wide range of programs:

PhD in Applied Linguistics & Technology
PhD in Rhetoric & Professional Communication

MFA in Creative Writing and Environment
MA in English (Specializations in Literature & Literature and the Teaching of Reading)
MA in Rhetoric, Composition, & Professional Communication
MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics

Concurrent BA in Linguistics/MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics
Concurrent BS in Technical Communication/MA in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication

Graduate Certificate in TESL/TEFL

Take The Next Step

To find out more about graduate study in English at Iowa State, feel free to contact faculty members who share your interests via the degree program links, or contact the graduate program staff.

How to Apply

Bethany Gray
Director of Graduate Education

Tina Coffelt
Associate Director of Graduate Education

Teresa Smiley
Graduate Program Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Kilborn
Graduate Program Staff Assistant