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How to Apply

Application deadlines for Fall 2018 matriculation

Doctoral applications

All application materials are due by 11:59 pm (CST)

Master's and Non-degree applications

We will review completed applications twice this year, and all application materials are due by 11:59 pm (CST) on the following dates:

All applications that are complete by a given deadline will be reviewed at that time, and will receive a decision as soon afterwards as possible.  We aim for an 8 week turnaround.

Program Codes

Look for the following codes when searching for the correct degree program:


All supplemental application materials must be submitted through The Graduate School's application system. Please do not send, or have sent, paper copies of any documents. If you or your recommenders are having difficulty submitting any component of the application online, and the application system's online help is unable to resolve your problem, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant.

Recommendations from Interfolio cannot be submitted directly to the application system, and must be sent directly to the Graduate Program Assistant.

In all cases, our department's specifics regarding supplemental application materials superseded those listed on The Graduate School's website, as well as any listed in the application itself.

Supplemental Application Materials

In addition to the online application, the English Department requires the following documents for application to the Doctoral (program code: E25PH), Master's (program code: E25MA), and Non-Degree (program code: E25ND) programs:

PhD Applicants

Applications for doctoral study are considered for Fall admission only. Prospective students must submit all application materials by the deadline listed above. The English Department admissions process occurs once a year and ends in early February.

When reviewing applications, we look for evidence of keen intellectual ability, skill in literary analysis, scholarly potential, and a strong sense of academic purpose. We do not emphasize any single factor, but pay close attention to written work and to applicants' competency in one or more foreign languages. We typically expect to receive between 200 and 300 applications for admission to the doctoral program, with a target class size of between 6 and 8 students. The recipients of admissions offers have, on average, GRE Verbal scores of 166, Quantitative of 151, and Analytical of 5.0. An undergraduate GPA over 3.5 is highly desirable.

Notification of the admissions committee's decisions will most likely occur in early February. Once our offers of admissions have been made, we will invite those prospective students to campus for a Visiting Weekend around the beginning of March. This is a chance for you to meet with faculty and current graduate students, discuss future projects, and hear about current doctoral work, tour the department and the campus, sit in on graduate seminars, and to look at some of the many advantages that Evanston and Chicago have to offer.

MA and Non-Degree Applicants

Applications for the Master's degree are considered for Fall admission only.  They are accepted throughout the academic year, however, and reviewed three times during that period (see the schedule above). Students admitted to the Master's program currently average GRE Verbal scores of 160.  This is not a requirement to be considered for admission, but serves as a good target.

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