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
  • Resume

English Proficiency Requirements


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.
Purdue West Lafayette campus