The Department of English in partnership with the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute, offers the Doctorate of Philosophy in English with a Creative Dissertation, supported by a Graduate Assistantship combined with the Black Mountain Institute Fellowship. Students must declare a genre concentration in Poetry, Fiction, or Literary Nonfiction. The three-year course of studies toward the Ph.D. puts its major focus on English and American Literature, but can include directed reading in Comparative Literature, with directed work in creative writing, a qualifying examination, and a creative dissertation. Writers also gain valuable experience in literary publishing as editors of “Witness”.
Two new Ph.D. BMI Fellows are admitted each year, in alternating genres. Our current admissions schedule is to admit students for entering classes as follows: Literary Nonfiction – 2019, 2021; Fiction – 2019, 2020; Poetry – 2020, 2021. Applications for a genre not in the admissions rotation will be returned.
All Ph.D. BMI fellows are supported by an annual stipend of $26,500, in-state tuition, and health insurance. The Ph.D. with Creative Dissertation is designed to prepare students for careers in writing, teaching at the university level, editing, publishing, arts administration, and/or any profession that is informed by and advantaged by an understanding of literature, arts, and the humanities. Requirements for admission include an earned M.A. or M.F.A. in English, Creative Writing, or related field. Past Ph.D.s with Creative Dissertation Fellows include Olivia Claire, David Armstrong, Alissa Nutting, Matt Shears, Vu Tran, Heather Winterer, and many others. For more information about the Ph.D. and how to apply, see UNLV’s Graduate Catalog. For more description and learning outcomes, visit the Ph.D. English with Creative Dissertation's website.