How strict are your application deadlines?

Due to the high number of applications every year, the deadlines are very strict. The admission review committee needs time to examine each application carefully to make the most thorough evaluation possible. For example, if the PhD application deadline is December 15, then materials must have already been received by the Office of Graduate Studies. The Graduate College may have later deadlines for the paperwork it requires, but that does not change the deadlines for English Department materials. Applications that remain incomplete after the deadline are subject to cancellation.

Can I check online to see if my materials have been received?

Yes. When applicants login to Web for Admissions to check the status of their application, they will see the "Departmental Checklist" information under "Additional Program Requirements" which appears after the OAR checklist information. Applicants can check that both university requirements and departmental materials have been received.

What does the admissions committee look for in a application?

While all parts of the application are crucial, the strength of an application to our graduate program is determined by an applicant's writing sample and statement of purpose. These parts of the application are scrutinized by the entire admissions review committee. The writing sample should represent your very best work; the statement of purpose should be as clear as possible, describing your writing vividly, while also discussing your intellectual interests and career goals.

Which elements of the GRE test do you require?

We require only the GRE general test for all of our degrees in the English Department. The subject test is not required for any English graduate degree. We also require that GRE test scores be no more than five years old. If you are applying for admission in Fall 2010, you must have taken the test(s) in 2005 or more recently. The Institution Code for reporting official scores is 1851.

How can I find out when/where the GRE will be offered?

Visit the ETS homepage and click on GRE. There you will find information on how to register for the GRE.

What is the minimum GRE score required for admission to your department?

We do not have a minimum required GRE score for admission.

Can my letters of recommendation be emailed?

Letters of recommendation are uploaded directly to the university. Once you have completed your application, you will be prompted to provide email addresses for your recommenders. They will receive an email with a link to upload their recommendation.

How soon can I expect a decision on my application?

While there is no official decision date, students applying for the PhD program can expect a decision by the first week of April at the latest. Students applying for the MA program can expect a decision by the end of April at the latest.

Please contact the Graduate Studies Program Coordinator, Victoria Bolf, with specific questions.