The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission to the doctoral program in English has passed, and no additional applications will be accepted at this time.
The applications for Fall 2019 admission will be available in September 2018.
When applying, please do not mail hard copy documents. Applicants should upload unofficial transcripts and supporting documents to the online application system. After the application form is fully submitted, recommenders will be sent automated emails requesting that they complete an online evaluation and upload the letter of recommendation.
The Department of English does not interview prospective graduate students. Applicants are welcome to contact the Director of Graduate Studies to discuss research interests.
Candidates will be notified of admissions decisions in February; communications will be sent to the email address provided by the candidate on the application form.
Please note: Applications are accepted annually for Fall matriculation only. Applications are for the PhD program only; the Department of English does not accept students seeking a terminal Master's degree.
Candidates who hold a Bachelor's degree, or who will complete a Bachelor's degree by the start of the admission term, are eligible to apply. Many but by no means all of our applicants also have a Master's degree in English or a related field. Please note that program requirements are identical for those entering with Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
Applicants with previous degrees in majors other than English literature are eligible to apply, although a substantial background in literary/cultural study is recommended.
There are no minimum requirements for GPA or GRE scores.
Applications must be submitted online at englgradapps.rice.edu. All of the following materials must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission:
APPLICATION FORM & FEE - Applications must be submitted online at englgradapps.rice.edu, along with a $85 non-refundable application fee, payable online.
UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS - The department will review applications with unofficial transcripts from previous colleges and universities. If offered admission, official transcripts will be required before matriculation into the graduate program.
OFFICIAL TEST SCORES
GRE (Graduate Record Exam) - GRE scores from the general test only should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Rice (School Code: 6609 and Department Code: 2504). Scores must not be more than five years old. Please note: GRE scores are required regardless of educational background or previous degrees attained.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (International applicants only) - TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores should be directly from ETS to Rice (School Code: 6609 and Department Code: 14). Scores must not be more than five years old. Please see the following page for additional information regarding IELTS and waiver options: https://gps.rice.edu/qualifications.
CURRICULUM VITAE (CV) - A comprehensive chronological listing of your professional achievements including academic credentials and employment. Please include the title of any publications or research projects (for example, an undergraduate or MA thesis).
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE - A 1-2 page, double-spaced statement, outlining your reasons for undertaking graduate study and your goals for your time at Rice. This would be the place to talk about your interest in a specific field or fields of literary study, and anything about your record you feel we should know.
WRITING SAMPLE - A 15-25 page sample of your academic writing in a relevant field or subfield. The most successful writing samples show an awareness of conversations and debates within the field of literary study.
RECOMMENDATION LETTERS - Three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors who know your work well. Recommenders, named in the application form, will be sent automated emails requesting that they complete an online evaluation and upload the letter of recommendation only after the application form is fully submitted. We advise applicants to make sure recommenders know to expect this email and to give them sufficient time to complete this task ahead of the application deadline. A grace period of a few days will be given to recommenders past the application deadline; recommendations are due by January 11, 2018.
Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Dina Galley, Graduate Program Administrator.