How to Apply to the Grad Program
Deadline for submission of applications for Fall 2015 is Monday, December 15, 2014.
NOTE: If you are interested in getting a PhD in English but do not already have a completed MA degree, you must apply to the MA program.
ALERT: Beginning November 1, 2014, you will only need to submit copies of unofficial transcripts when applying. Official transcripts will only be required upon admission to the program.
Step 1: Please complete the online application .
If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit that website at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/prospective-students/requirements.
If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/apply/
The following items shall be submitted electronically with your online application:
For MA and PhD applicants:
- Statement of purpose for graduate study (1-3 pages double-spaced)
- Article-length (15-20 pages double-spaced) critical writing sample
Step 2: Additionally, for all English programs you must submit three (3) letters of Reference.
Each reference that the applicant lists on the electronic application will receive an e-mail that details the reference submission portal on the Graduate School’s application website. To avoid delays, please be sure you have entered a correct email address for each reference you supply. No special form is necessary.
Step 3: The following additional items must be mailed to: The Pennsylvania State University, Department of English, 108 Ritenour Building, University Park, PA 16802
- Two (2) official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended, both undergraduate and graduate.
- Results from a recent graduate Record Examination (GRE) test. Penn State’s institution code is 2660 and the department code for English is 2501. Penn State doesn't require the subject portion of the graduate Record Examination (GRE) test.
Step 4: International Students must submit the following additional items with their application:
Results from a recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.
International applicants who have received a baccalaureate or a master’s degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (Except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.
The fee information for the current and new application year can be found at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/prospective-students/requirements.
Graduate Studies Office
Department of English
The Pennsylvania State University
108 Ritenour Building
University Park, Pa 16802-6202
Telephone: (814) 863-3069