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Application Information

Admission Procedures

To apply for graduate study in the English Department, you must first complete the University of Oregon Online Graduate Application.  Once you have completed that application, you will be connected with the English Department’s online application. There is an application fee of $70 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants. The department’s application requirements are below.

  1. Your statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) should include your qualifications for professional study in the field and your likely specializations or interests, if you know them.
  2. Your academic writing sample (maximum 5000 words) should demonstrate your ability in film studies, folklore, literature and the environment, medieval studies, poetry and poetics or in rhetoric and composition.
  3. Letters of recommendation from three people familiar with the applicant’s academic background and intellectual abilities; applicants provide their names and email addresses. Referees will be contacted automatically via e-mail with requests to provide recommendations.  (There is a one-week grace period after the application deadline for electronic receipt of letters of recommendation.)
  4. Copies of undergraduate and, if appropriate, graduate transcripts uploaded electronically. The university’s Admissions Office (1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1217) requires hard copies of official transcripts at the time of application.
  5. A copy of your GRE Verbal and Analytic score report (for PhD applicants, Subject test scores are recommended, but not required, as well), to be uploaded electronically.  Applicants who do not upload their GRE scores will not be considered.
  6. For non-native speakers: a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a minimum score of 100 on the IBT (Internet-based TOEFL), or a minimum score of 8.0 on the IELTS.

Please note: Items 4, 5 and 6 must be uploaded during the same session; partial uploads will not be saved. The completed file is reviewed by the Department’s Graduate Committee, which notifies the applicant of its decision. The application deadline for PhD admission for Fall 2019 is December 15, 2018; the application deadline for MA admission for Fall 2018 is January 15, 2018. Candidates are admitted to start in fall term only.  Applications for Fall 2018 should be available in August.

Admission to the MA and PhD programs is highly competitive. Minimum requirements for all applicants include:

  1. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50 or, if the student has 3 or more graduate seminars in English, a graduate GPA of 3.50 or better.
  2. A score of 153 or better on the verbal section of the general test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). (Please note: students accepted to our programs usually have GRE verbal scores of 160 or better.)
  3. For nonnative speakers: a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a minimum score of 100 on the IBT (26+ on the speak section), or a minimum score of 8.0 on the IELTS.


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