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Ph.D. Program Information

Degrees Offered

Application Requirements

  • GRE General Test
  • GRE Subject Test strongly recommended
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native speakers of English
  • A writing sample of no more than 15 pages, preferably a critical literary essay
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application Deadline

  • Fall: January 2


The Graduate Program in English is a highly selective program in which students specialize in historical areas but also pursue interdisciplinary perspectives, with particular interest in critical theory, literature and science, literature and politics, postcolonial and ethnic studies, and gender studies. A nearly 1:1 faculty to graduate student ratio ensures that students receive considerable individual attention as they progress in their course of studies. Read more about graduate studies in English at Notre Dame.

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Associated Journals


Director of Graduate Studies
Sara Maurer
Telephone: (574) 631-2569
Fax: (574) 631-4795
Email: english@nd.edu

Financial Support

Tuition Scholarships
Stipend Support
Health Insurance Subsidy
Professional Development

Cost of Living

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