According to the U.S. News and World Report rankings for 2009, the University of California-Berkeley English Ph.D. program was ranked as the nation's top graduate program for English, followed by Stanford University and Yale University (both tied for 2nd place).

The University of Texas at Austin was ranked 17th in the nation (tied with Rutgers State University-New Brunswick and University of Wisconsin-Madison). The English Department at UT Austin offers a Ph.D. program in a broad range of fields of study including: American Literature; Medieval Literary Studies; Renaissance Literature; Modern British Literature; Bibliography and Textual Studies; Digital Literacies and Literatures; and so on.

CUNY Ph.D. Program in English has received very high rankings in national surveys. It was ranked 22nd nationally by US News in 2009. In addition, the National Doctoral Program Survey (2000) placed CUNY program 1st among over 200 graduate English departments across the country; the survey was specifically designed to assess student perceptions of the effectiveness of their doctoral education.

Top Ranked English PhD Programs:
1 University of California-Berkeley
2 Stanford University (California)
2 Yale University (Connecticut)
4 Columbia University (New York)
4 Harvard University (Massachusetts)
4 University of Pennsylvania
7 Cornell University (New York)
7 Princeton University (New Jersey)
7 University of Chicago (Illinois)
10 Duke University (North Carolina)
10 University of California-Los Angeles
10 University of Virginia
13 Brown University (Rhode Island)
13 Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)
13 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
16 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
17 Rutgers State University-New Brunswick (New Jersey)
17 University of Texas-Austin
17 University of Wisconsin-Madison
20 New York University
20 Northwestern University
22 CUNY Graduate School and University Center
22 Indiana University-Bloomington
22 University of California-Irvine
Source: US News and World Report (2009)

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek, Forbes
Australia - Good Universities Guide, Graduate Management Association of Australia
Canada - Maclean's Guide, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, THES, Webometrics, Newsweek
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