Persons planning to apply to the MA and PhD programs in the Department of English should first consult Instructions for Applicants on this website for specific information about our application procedures. (International students should also note those guidelines provided by the Office of International Services.)

We seek applicants who will enhance our highly motivated, academically accomplished, and intellectually and culturally diverse student body. We normally receive about 100 applications annually for both programs; last year applications for the PhD outnumbered those for the MA by a 3:1 ratio. Admission to the PhD is highly competitive, so if you would like to be considered for the MA program if not selected for the PhD program, please indicate that in your personal statement. We expect to enroll between 8-10 PhD students for Fall 2021 and the deadline for application is December 9, 2020. Applications can be submitted in mid-October (please refer to Graduate School website here for more information).