The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree

English

Supported Degree Objectives


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Rhetoric and Composition
    • Literature, Theory, Cultural Studies
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Creative Writing - Fiction
    • Creative Writing - Poetry
  • Master of Arts (MA)
    • Rhetoric and Composition
    • Literature, Theory, Cultural Studies
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Non Degree

Required Supporting Documents


  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
    • Graduate Certificate: 2
    • Master's and PhD: 3
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Explain your intellectual history and development, and your specific goals in research and teaching
  • Writing Sample
    • 10-15 page critical essay written for a course in English or one of the other humanities
  • Samples of Recent Work (Creative Writing only)
    • Poetry: 8-10 poems
    • Fiction: 2 to 3 short stories (or a novel excerpt)
    • Poetry and Fiction: Please include a brief response to these questions:
      • Whose work do you admire?
      • What collections of poetry and/or works of fiction read in the last year have been important to you and why?
  • Personal Statement (Graduate Certificate only)
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants: choose a test below)
    • TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (sent directly from the testing center): Minimum Overall Required Score: 100
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 22
        • Listening: 22
        • Speaking: 22 (27 to be considered for TA)
        • Writing: 22
    • TOEFL: Paper-Delivered Test: Minimum Overall Required Score: No minimum
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Writing: 18
    • IELTS (Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 7.0
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 7.0
        • Listening: 7.0
        • Speaking: 7.0 (8.0 to be considered for TA)
        • Writing: 7.0

Graduate Certificate Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)

Master's Degree Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements


  • Master's Degree

Application Deadlines


  • Fall Spring Summer
    December 30 No Entry No Entry US Citizen
    December 30 No Entry No Entry International

Program Contact Information


  • Name Graduate Studies Office
    Phone 765-494-3748
    Email griff@purdue.edu
    Web Program Website
    Address Graduate Studies Office
    Department of English
    Purdue University
    500 Oval Drive
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-1356
    USA

Additional Information


  • Current master’s students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will be required to submit a new application.

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