How to Apply

The application deadline for PhD admission for Fall 2020 is December 15, 2019; the application deadline for MA admission for Fall 2020 is January 15, 2020.

Candidates are admitted to start in fall term only. Applications for Fall 2020 will be open in September.

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 automatically connected with the English Department’s online application. All required items must be uploaded in order for the application to be considered complete. The department’s application requires the following:

 A statement of purpose of no more than 500 words, uploaded electronically. The statement should clarify the applicant’s qualifications for and likely interests in graduate study.

 An academic writing sample of no more than 5000 words that demonstrates the applicant’s ability in literary, cultural, or film studies, or in folklore, uploaded electronically.  The 5000 words are inclusive of citations.

 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. 

Copies or unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and, if appropriate, graduate work (degree transcripts only, please) can be uploaded electronically.

 A copy of your GRE Verbal and Analytic score report (for PhD applicants, Subject test scores are recommended, but not required), to be uploaded electronically. 

 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.

The application deadline for PhD admission for Fall 2020 is December 15, 2019; the application deadline for MA admission for Fall 2020 is January 15, 2020. Candidates are admitted to start in fall term only. 

 

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

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

 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.

 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.)

 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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