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:

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

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

Stacy Tye-Williams
Associate Director and Grad Connections Coordinator

Teresa Smiley
Graduate Program Staff Assistant