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* Annually, there are an average of 300 applicants to the PhD program and 175 to the MA program. The acceptance rate is slightly above three percent.
* There is no minimum GRE score to be accepted. Average GRE score of accepted PhD applicants: 650 verbal; 590 quantitative; 5.5 analytical.
* Average GPA of accepted PhD applicants: 3.79/4.00.
The Department of English accepts applications for its Master's and PhD program once each year for the fall; there is no mid-year or rolling admission. For information regarding undergraduate admissions, please refer to the Office of Admissions and Records website.
Prospective students are encouraged to visit the department faculty pages, which provide information about individual faculty teaching and research interests. Program requirements are available by clicking on the appropriate degree to the right.
All accepted PhD students are automatically awarded funding in the form of teaching assistantships. Underrepresented graduate applicants may apply to graduate school through Project 1000. There is no departmental funding available at the MA level.
|Program||Program Code||Application Deadline|
|Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)||20FS0311PHD||January 1|
|Master of Arts (MA)||20FS0311MA||February 1|
|English Non-Degree||20FS0311NDEG||May 15|
Graduate-level applications consist of two types of required materials: university requirements and supplemental materials. All applicants are required to upload electronically (PDF and Word formats are acceptible) directly to UIC. Hard copies sent via snail mail will not be considered. Any admissions document received after the above deadline will not be considered. Applications may take up to 5-7 days to approve document upload, so applicants are encouraged to give themselves plenty of time to plan accordingly.
Instructions for electronically uploading materials can be found on the Admissions and Records website. Download the department's helpful tips and quick reference admissions checklist.
Non-degree students must also follow the same application procedures.
1). The Office of Admissions and Records requires you to upload or submit the following materials online directly to its basic credentials unit:
• Graduate College Admission Application
• Non-refundable application fee of US $60.00 (US $70.00 for international students)
• Unofficial transcripts
• Official GRE test scores, no more than 5 years old (the Institution Code for reporting official scores is 1851)
• A completed Department of English Admissions Review Coversheet
• Statement of purpose (a statement of about 500 words presenting the applicant's reasons for wishing to pursue graduate work in English, and relating that work to professional and other goals)
• Writing sample:
* English Studies candidates should send one sample of no more than 20 pages in an area reflective of your graduate research interests.
• Applications for the Program for Writers should be approximately 20 pages of prose and/or 5 to 8 poems.Poetry may be single-spaced but prose must be double-spaced, and all samples should use a font no smaller than 12 pts. Please indicate whether the prose is creative nonfiction, short fiction or an excerpt from a novel. Do not send xeroxes from magazines or web-published material printed directly from the website. Program for Writers applicants may, in addition, send a sample of literary criticism of no more than 20 pages.
• Application for Graduate Appointment. This form is required for prospective PhD applicants and those wishing to be considered for University Fellowships. All accepted students are considered automatically for university awards, so no special instructions are necessary.
• Three letters of recommendation. These are uploaded electronically. When applicants complete their online application, they will be prompted to submit the email addresses of recommenders. Recommenders are then sent an email with a link that allows direct uploading of a letter.
• CV / resume
Students can check the status of application materials via the Office of Admissions and Records log-in.
International applicants are encouraged to visit the Graduate College's Information for International Applicants, for details on how to apply, and for downloadable application forms.
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