The Department of English welcomes applications for the MA and PhD in the general areas of British or American literature, comparative literature, creative writing, or linguistics. Within these areas, students may opt for a concentration in Book History, 19th-Century Studies, Film and Media Studies, or Literature, Social Justice, and Environment.
For students applying in December 2013 to begin in Fall 2014, we expect to offer approximately $100,000 in competitive scholarships and fellowships.
We review applications once each year, immediately after our December 15 application deadline*. Students admitted in this application review typically begin classes during the fall semester, though occasional exceptions are made for students wishing to begin study in the summer. Fall semester begins with an orientation that familiarizes students with our academic procedures and policies and gives them a chance to meet faculty and each other.
All students admitted to the onsite graduate program are automatically considered, too, for department and university scholarships and fellowships as well as other forms of financial assistance. Admitted onsite students will also be invited to visit the Department of English at our expense during our annual Recruitment Weekend.
- *Since December 15, 2013, falls on a Sunday, the deadline will be extended to the following Monday.
- We do not admit onsite students in Spring semesters - when applying to the Graduate School, do not select Spring 2014 as your admissions date; it will take a $50 change fee to move you to the Fall 2014 term if you do so. The College of Arts and Sciences only offers GPTI training, which is required for students with assistantships, in fall semesters.
How to Apply
Applying to the graduate program in English is a two-step application process:
- All applicants must complete the general application to the Graduate School and pay the fee that accompanies that application. GRE scores and official transcripts should also be sent to the Graduate School.
- All applicants must also complete the application to the Department of English, which includes: the application form, a CV, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and three recommendation letters.
Both applications and all supporting documents must be received by December 16, 2013.
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We support electronic submission of the Department's application materials, according to the instructions provided on each form.
Read and complete the department's Application Materials and submit all documents to the Director of Graduate Studies
The Department of English reviews all applications holistically, evaluating every aspect of a candidate's application file. Applicants are neither ruled out nor admitted solely on the basis of GRE scores, GPA, or any other single quantitative factor. Probable success in graduate work, as indicated by all available evidence, is the final criterion for admission.
Still, on average, successful applications to the M.A. program in English usually show the following:
- B.A. in English, or a B.A. in a related field plus a minimum of 12 hours of advanced undergraduate coursework in English
- 3.75 GPA in all undergraduate English courses
- Scores of 550 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE General Exam (156/146 in the new system), and a score of 5.0 on the writing portion
On average, successful applications to the Ph.D. program in English typically show the following:
- An M.A. in English, an M.F.A. in English or Creative Writing, or an M.A. or M.F.A. in a related field plus a minimum of 12 hours of graduate coursework in English. We do not admit applicants with a bachelor's degree directly into our doctoral program.
- A 3.85 GPA in all graduate English courses
- Scores of 600 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE General Exam (160/148 in the new system), and a score of 5.0 on the writing portion