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Doctor’s Degrees in Literature

23 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A doctor's degree in literature is offered at 3 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 70% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 13.0% of literature graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Literature Majors

In 2018-2019, 23 earned their doctor's degree in literature. This earns it the #181 spot on the list of the most popular doctor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in literature at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 574
Master’s Degree 159
Basic Certificate 53
Associate’s Degree 23
Doctor’s Degree 23
Graduate Certificate 9

Earnings of Literature Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for literature majors who have their doctor's degree is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in literature. About 52.2% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 11
Women 12
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Literature

The racial-ethnic distribution of literature doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 16
White 3
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 1
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Literature Doctor's Degree Students

There are 3 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in literature. Learn more about the most popular 3 below:

16 Yearly Graduations
56% Women

Center for Advanced Studies On Puerto Rico and the Caribbean tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for literature majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. The literature program at Center for Advanced Studies On Puerto Rico and the Caribbean awarded 16 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.


New York University

New York, New York
7 Yearly Graduations
43% Women

New York University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in literature. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their doctor's degree in literature from NYU.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to literature that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General English Literature 1,110
Writing Studies 151
Other English Literature 19


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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