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Comparative Literature

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Comparative Literature.  It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the "Completing the Application" section of this page:

  • Transcripts - Comparative Literature will accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes.  You will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of Comparative Literature or if you are recommended for admission.
  • GRE Test
  • English Proficiency
  • Recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample -submitted as part of a class, graded with professor's comments, without revision

Application Deadlines:  Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below.

 

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen January 10 No Entry No Entry
International January 10 No Entry No Entry

 

Spring admission only occurs in exceptional circumstances.

Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To:
(In order to expedite the processing of your application, we ask that you submit all supporting documents in one large envelope.)
Web Sites of Interest
Name: Delayne Graham
Phone: (765) 496-9629
E-mail: dkgraham@purdue.edu
Graduate Studies Program
Comparative Literature Program
Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education, Room 1289
100 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
USA

 

Current master's students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
       3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
       Required -- no minimum score has been set 

Additional International Applicant Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
       
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
       
    Required -- no minimum score set 
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
       Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
        Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
        With the following minimum section requirements:
        Reading: 19
        Listening: 14
        Speaking: 18
        Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted. A score of 7.0
        in the speaking section is required if you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship in the English Department.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted    

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
       
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion: 
       
    Required, with a grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
       
    Required -- no minimum score set 

Additional International Applicant Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
       
    3.0 or equivalent required 
  • Master's Degree Completion: 
        Required, with a grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
       
    Required -- no minimum score set 
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
        Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
        Minimum Computer-Based Test (CBT) Score Required: 213
        Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
        With the following minimum section requirements:
        Reading: 19
        Listening: 14
        Speaking: 18
        Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted. A score of 7.0
        in the speaking section is required if you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship in the English Department.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  •    

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.