Entrance Requirements

Baccalaureate Field

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in English, or the equivalent that includes a balanced program in English and American literature beyond the level of sophomore surveys. Applicants who intend to concentrate in Creative Writing may have an undergraduate major or a graduate degree in any field, if they show substantial evidence of ability to complete the work in literature required for the degree in English.

Master's Degree

A degree at the Master's level is not required to apply. However, applicants with a degree at the Master's level (MA, MS, MFA) tend to have more scholarly experience and academic goals that are more aligned with our program. Since 2000, we have only accepted two candidates to the PhD program who did not have a degree at the Master's level.

NOTE: The English Department does accept applications from prospective students who have degrees in other fields, but we place all applications in equal competition, and students with undergraduate experience in English are often better aligned with our program goals than those who have degrees in other fields.

Grade Point Average

At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study and for all graduate work.

Tests Required
  • GRE
    General Test: verbal; quantitative; writing. The GRE subject test is not required.
    Scores cannot be more than five years old.

  • TOEFL(international students only)
    600 (paper-based); 250 (computer-based); 95, with minimum subscores of Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 24, and Writing 22 (iBT Internet-based TOEFL).

  • IELTS(international students only)
    7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores.

For the application procedure, please refer to the Department of English's Admissions page or Admissions FAQ.