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The Mathewson School of Education

Ph.D. of English Language and Literature


The Mathewson School of Education’s doctoral program (Ph.D.) in English Language and Literature is designed to prepare leading scholars, educators and high level administrators who show especial interest and strong propensity for English language, its prose, poetry, idiomatic uniqueness and etimology. Our goal is to prepare the doctoral candidates for high level academic or administrative positions both, at the university and school levels.


The Mathewson School of Education boasts of a distinguished faculty. English language and literature specialist at our school are experts of this field. They are recognized published novelists, poets and writers. Many of our faculty members also have served as directors, rectors, advisors, counselors and key administrators to schools, universities, governments and/or government units, and foundations in the United States and Europe. In addition, we regularly recruit most illustrious professors and educators from premier universities of Europe, Asia, Middle-East and Africa, to serve as adjunct professors or lecturers to share the truly international pedagogic perspectives with our graduate students. In order to emphasize practical and skills-related aspects of the curriculum, we have also recruited many retired or active high profile administrators in the field of education, such as school principals and superintendents, university presidents and provosts, and directors of transnational non-profit educational organizations and/or public multinational corporations engaged in spreading education, scholasticism, learning and literacy around the world.
The Mathewson School of Education systematically recruits renowned American and European novelists, poets and writers in order to promote language and literature studies, and bring the most pioneering, learned and proper literary influences for the benefit of our graduate students and overall scholastic culture of the university. Georgian Intenrational University Press (GIU Press), that is an integral part of the university, and one of the most well-established and pioneering university presses, has been influencing the erudite culture of the university, as well as the literary community at large.


Ideal candidates for our doctoral program would have achieved the highest standing in taking the M.S. degree study in education (M.Ed. or M.S. Ed.) at a highly reputable university, and are able to demonstrate an exceptionally strong propensity for contributing to education theory and performing advanced scholastic research. Applicants with the previous M.S. degree in foreign languages, English literature, economics, business, philosophy and journalism will also be strongly considered for this program. Our doctoral graduates have obtained leadership positions in government offices and school districts, as well as fellowships and faculty positions at recognized universities and research institutions in the United States and Europe.


Typically the first year of the candidacy is spent in advancing knowledge in general theories of the discipline and its different subfields. Upon finishing the coursework, at the commencement of the second year, the candidate usually enters the research stage, which involves studying research literature, preparing the dissertation proposal, and writing the dissertation. The candidate is guided by the Curator, who is a full member of the faculty and the Graduate Committee, and serves as the academic and dissertation advisor to the candidate. Typically at the end of the second year the candidate submits the proposal. The Ed.D. student should successfully propose, submit and defend the doctoral dissertation under the supervision of the Graduate Committee.


The Mathewson School of Education offers more than just the traditional online experience. It combines in-class seminars and examinations with online guidance. It provides its doctoral students with valuable extra-curricular opportunities to exchange ideas with expert educators, participate in international pedagogic seminars and debates, and attend the ESAP the European Study Abroad Program of Georgian International University which gives our students unique opportunities to study, as well as teach in Europe, and receive full certifications and dual degrees from premier European academic institutions. Although attending the ESAP is not mandatory for our Ph.D. candidates, it is highly recommended. The ESAP will provide unique opportunites to learn different perspectives on pedagogy and exchange ideas in the global community of teachers and educators.


*Tuition is based on credit hours and is calculated as $US 250.00 per credit hour

Principle Course Credits
EDU 600 Philosophy of Education 4
EDU 710 History of American Education 4
EDE 640 Culturally Responsive Education 4
EDU 750 Instructional Leadership 4
Concentration Course Credits
ENG 700 Shakespeare I: Drama and Comedy 4
ENG 710 Poetry I: Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare 4
ENG 720 Poetry II: Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley 4
ENG 730 Poetry III: Riley, Byron, Keats 4
ENG 740 Poetry IV: Tennyson, Browning, Arnold 4
ENG 760 New England I: Hawthorne, Emerson 4
ENG 762 New England II: Mathewson 4
ENG 770 New England III: Henry David Thoreau 4
ENG 780 American Hagiography: Franklin Benjamin Sanborn 4
ENG 745 American Fiction: Jack London 4
ENG 747 English Literature: Hardy, Dickens, Bronte, Thackeray 4
ENG 775 Scottish Literature: Walter Scott 4
ENG 790 French Prose: Balzac, De Musset, Daudet 4
ENG 790 French Prose: Balzac, De Musset, Daudet 4
PHL 659 Literature IV: Rabelais – Satire 4
ENG 776 Irish Satire: Swift 4
Dissertation Credits
Ph.D. 1 Proposal, APA Style, 2 pgs 4
Ph.D. 2 Dissertation, APA Style, 50 pgs 4
Total Credits & Tuition Cost 88 $22,000.00

*Additional expenses may apply.


We admit graduate students on a quarterly basis. We welcome international students, as well as transfer students of good academic standing into our graduate programs.


  1. A transcript(s) with undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or instead a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test score of 550 on the verbal and 600 on the quantitative portion. In some cases Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be also acceptable.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation from the school(s) previously attended.
  3. TOEFL score for international students.


3 Education (graduate course) Credits
6 English (graduate course)Credits

Prior undergraduate or graduate courses in which a grade of B- or higher was attained can be used to meet the prerequisites of the program. Areas in which the student does not have prior coursework can have the necessary requirements met by taking the following foundation courses at Georgian International University:

EDU 560 – Teaching Methods in Humanities
EDU 594 – English and American Poetry
EDU 515 – American Literature: 19th Century New England

Truly exceptional applicants, who do not meet the enrollment requirements, still may be considered for the program. They must be interviewed in person and evaluated by the Graduate Committee. Taking additional prerequisite courses will be a part of the provisional admission. Prospective applicants must take under consideration that the university rarely makes such exceptions.