Considering applying to Rice University's PhD in English? Please pay particular attention to the following application instructions and frequent inquiries below, as well as the program eligibility and application requirements listed in the sections below. Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Reese Alexander, Graduate Program Administrator.
Applications for Fall 2020 will open September 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST, December 15, 2019.
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.
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.
All of the following materials must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission:
APPLICATION FORM & FEE - Applications for Fall 2020 will open September 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST, December 15, 2019. Applicants will be prompted to pay an $85 non-refundable application fee once the application is submitted.
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, any department code accepted). 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, any department code accepted). Scores must not be more than two 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. Once recommenders name and contact information is provided in the application form, automated emails requesting that recommenders complete an online evaluation and upload the letter of recommendation will be sent; 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.
Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Reese Alexander, Graduate Program Administrator