Best English Doctoral Programs

According to the NRC study of top doctoral programs in English, three universities were ranked joint top in the league table: Berkeley, Yale and Harvard.

The Berkeley English Department ( offers a wide-ranging Ph.D. program, engaging in all historical periods of British and American literature, Anglophone literature, and critical and cultural theory. The program aims to assure that students gain a broad knowledge of literature in English as well as the highly-developed skills in scholarship and criticism necessary to do solid and innovative work in their chosen specialized fields.

The Yale English Department ( offers a broad-ranging program of graduate education, with courses that engage all the traditional chronological periods of British literature, American literature since its inception, and many of the contemporary interdisciplines.

Ranking of Best English Doctoral Programs in the US:

1. University of California–Berkeley

1. Yale

1. Harvard

4. University of Virginia

5. Duke

5. Stanford

7. Cornell

8. University of Pennsylvania

8. University of Columbia

10. University of Chicago

Source: National Council Research Report 1995

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