How to Apply

Program Eligibility

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.

In general, applicants should have a 3.0 (B) grade point average, or the equivalent, in their undergraduate work.


Applicants will be asked to submit a plan of study, three (3) letters of recommendation, a writing sample (no more than 25 pages), and transcripts from each college attended. The GRE is not required.

The application for a Fall 2022 start will open in September 2021. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2021.

For more information about graduate program qualifications, visit Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Questions about the graduate program may be directed to Humanities Graduate Admissions: