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Graduate Studies

Through the Department of English, students can complete a PhD with a concentration in Film and Media Studies.  For more information click here.


The Department of English welcomes your interest in the graduate program. In order that we may conduct a full and fair review, applicants are asked to provide several different kinds of information. Some are required by Wayne State University while others are specific to the English Department.

Wayne State University offers the opportunity to apply online at http://www.gradadmissions.wayne.edu/apply.php

Wayne State University requires that all applicants provide the following:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • Official Transcripts
  • $50 application fee
  • Statement of Purpose—focus on academic background, interests and aspirations (usually 2-3 pp.)
  • 2 academic letters of reference
  • Sample essay from a previous English course
  • GRE General Test Scores

ALL material should be uploaded to on-line application file on the Graduate Admission web:  Application for Graduate Admission.

English Graduate Additional Forms

For additional forms go to http://clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/English/EnglishGraduateAdditionalForms

Financial Aid information

The Dennis Turner Memorial Scholarship in Film Studies

This scholarship was established to sustain and honor the memory of Dennis Turner, who was a professor of film in the Department of English and an extraordinary scholar and teacher.  Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring or demonstrating a strong interest in film studies and maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The scholarship was established to recognize scholastic achievement, to encourage continued progress, and to provide financial assistance towards an education in Film Studies at Wayne State University.

For more information click here

DeRoy Fellowship

This one year fellowship offers a generous stipend, pays tuition and fees, and provides benefits. The DeRoy Fellowship is intended for new students. Recipients are guaranteed a teaching assistantship at the conclusion of the fellowship as long as they are in good standing and making normal progress toward the degree. All applicants are eligible for consideration; those with an interest in Film and Media Studies are particularly encouraged to apply.

Graduate School

In addition to those awards distributed by the Department of English, applicants are encouraged to apply for any other scholarships and aid for which they qualify. In particular, all applicants for departmental aid should also apply for the Graduate-Professional Scholarship available through the Graduate School (http://www.gradschool.wayne.edu/index.asp ).

Financial Aid Office

The website for the Wayne State Financial Aid Office is http://finaid.wayne.edu/

College and University Scholarships

Director of Graduate Studies 

Jeff Pruchnic
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 577-7699

Due Dates for Applications:

Jan. 15:  All Ph.D. applicants (the Department only admits Ph.D. students for the Fall term)
March 1:  M.A. applicants for Fall term
Nov. 1:  M.A. applicants for Winter term

Film Studies
5057 Woodward, 9th floor
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-3414
Fax: (313) 577-8618
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/filmstudies
Email: scr@wayne.edu