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Graduate English Programs

Embrace the journey to find your voice

The graduate programs in English at the University of St. Thomas will provide you with the opportunity to study literature, writing, creative writing, publishing, and new media in a focused, enriching way. You will also have opportunities to gain work experience in editing, teaching, publishing, English pedagogy, and program administration. Our faculty members are accomplished writers who produce cutting-edge research and award-winning creative writing. They also take pride in being master teachers and mentors.

Courses and seminars are capped at 14 and 12 students, respectively, allowing for lively classroom engagement and personalized attention. The flexibility of our evening course schedule will allow you to engage in a rigorous academic program while pursuing other career and personal goals. Learn more about all our program options below.


Dava Aul

Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone Number
(651) 962-5628
Kiese Laymon

Diverse Voices Author Series: Kiese Laymon

The English Department is thrilled to host the bestselling author, social critic, and essayist Kiese Laymon, who will be giving a free lecture on Thursday, September 26th from 7:00–8:15 p.m. that is open to the public. This lecture will be held in the Anderson Student Center James B. Woulfe alumni hall (third floor).

Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. In his observant, often hilarious work, Laymon does battle with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place. His savage humor and clear-eyed perceptiveness have earned him comparisons to Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alice Walker, and Mark Twain. He is the author of the award-winning memoir Heavy, the groundbreaking essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and the genre-defying novel Long Division.

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Program Options

Our programs are designed to meet students where they are and help them reach their goals. We pride ourselves on providing close scholarly and professional mentoring for students in all of our programs, where students have the opportunity to do more than just be students to our faculty – they research, teach, write, and publish with them as well.

Graduate English Course Offerings

Explore your options.

Samantha Majhor ’08 Andrew DeYoung ‘08 Graduate Alumna Lisa Brimmer speaking into a microphone Graduate Alumna Chelcy Walker presenting at a podium

Samantha Majhor ‘08

Samantha is Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University, focusing on Native American Literature. Her graduate work at the University of St. Thomas focused on contemporary Native American Poetry and Language Poetry.

Andrew DeYoung ‘08

Andrew is Director of Product Development at Beaming Books. He is also the author of the 2018 Minnesota Book Award winning The Exo Project (Boyd Mills Press, 2017). At St. Thomas he focused on Victorian Novellas.

Lisa Brimmer ‘18

Lisa is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and activist. She is currently Co-Executive Director of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and co-edited Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019).

Chelcy Walker ‘17

Chelcy is a Corporate Communications Associate at General Mills where she manages day-to-day editorial content publishing.

Graduate Student Handbook and Course Catalog

The CAS Graduate Student Handbook and Course Catalog outlines requirements and policies for students in our graduate programs and compiles information on all of the college's graduate courses. Any issues not mentioned in this handbook are governed by general University of St. Thomas Graduate Policies.