The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree

Comparative Literature

Supported Degree Objectives


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Non Degree

Required Supporting Documents


  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
    • Scholarly literature and culture studies essay, no more than 20 pages
  • Digital Portfolio (TA applicants only)
    • A five minute audio recording introducing yourself in both English and a foreign language
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants: choose a test below)
    • TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 80
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Speaking: 18
        • Writing: 18
    • TOEFL: Paper-Delivered Test:
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Writing: 18
    • IELTS (Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 6.5
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 6.5
        • Listening: 6.0
        • Speaking: 6.0 (7.0 required for assistantship consideration)
        • Writing: 5.5

Master's Degree Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.5 or equivalent in the language, linguistics, or literature (A=4.0)
    • 3.0 or equivalent average, overall (A=4.0)
  • Academic Preparation Background in the proposed area of study

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.5 or equivalent in the language, linguistics, or literature (A=4.0)
    • 3.0 or equivalent average, overall (A=4.0)
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    • Required, in a pertinent discipline from another credited graduate school and whose likelihood of achieving success in pursuit of their PhD studies is verified by their references.

Application Deadlines


  • Fall Spring Summer
    January 10 Special Cases Only No Entry

Program Contact Information


  • Name Brandi Plantenga
    Phone 765-494-7161
    Email bplante@purdue.edu
    Web Program Website
    Address 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

Additional Information


  • 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.
  • In case of questions, contact Beate I. Allert, Professor & Director of the Comparative Literature Program, allert@purdue.edu.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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