Rice University

Department of English


Application Process

Complete applications for Fall 2017 admission to the doctoral program in English are due Monday, January 9, 2017. A complete application, detailed below, includes supplemental materials, such as letters of recommendation and GRE/TOEFL scores. Applicants are encouraged to ensure all materials have been received by contacting humagradadmissions@rice.edu at least one week in advance of the application deadline. 
Please note: The English Graduate Program is a Ph.D. program only and does not consider applicants pursuing a terminal Master’s degree. 

Application Requirements

APPLICATION – Submit online application here. There is a $85 non-refundable application fee (payable online, or with a check or money order, US currency only).

CURRICULUM VITAE (CV) – A CV, which includes a comprehensive listing of professional history including employment, academic credentials, publications, and contribution or significant achievements, as well as contact information should be uploaded to the online application. 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE – A 1-2 page Statement of Purpose, indicating objectives in undertaking graduate study, designs in achieving the English Ph.D., and strengths and weaknesses in the applicant’s chosen field should be uploaded to the online application. The statement should briefly describe any research projects or independent research which influenced the applicant’s career choice and desire to pursue graduate studies, as well as discuss any reasons for applying to Rice and/or the department specifically, such as interest in a particular faculty member’s work.  

WRITING SAMPLE – A sample of the applicant’s academic writing, preferably on a literary topic, and 15-25 pages in length should be uploaded to the online application.   

TRANSCRIPTS – Transcripts from previous colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to the online application. Initially, unofficial transcripts may be uploaded, but official transcripts will be requested upon admission to our program and can be mailed to the address below. If a different name appears on a transcript or test report, please indicate a cross-reference on the application. 

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS – Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s personal and scholastic qualities are required, preferably from professors in the applicant’s major field. When filling out the application, applicants will list recommenders’ names and email addresses; upon submission of the application, recommenders will receive an automated email with instructions on how to log into the application system and upload their letters of recommendation. We advise applicants to make sure their recommenders know to expect this email and give them sufficient notice to write the letter. 

GRE/TOEFL – Official GRE and/or TOEFL scores should be sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the address listed below. The GRE subject test is not required. When taking the GRE and TOFEL, please indicate School Code: 6609 and Department Code: 2504. Photocopies are not accepted.  

Contact Us:

  Any material sent by mail should go to the following address:
Graduate Applications
Department of English, MS-30
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892