English

Supported Degree Objectives


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Literature, Theory, Cultural Studies (currently accepting applications for 2025-2026)
    • Rhetoric and Composition (will again accept applications for 2026-2027 in fall 2025)
  • Masters (MA)
    • Literature, Theory, Cultural Studies (currently accepting applications for 2025-2026)
  • Non Degree

Required Supporting Documents


English Proficiency Requirements


  • The following English proficiency minimum scores are required by this program for the tests listed below. To view additional English proficiency options accepted by this program and the Graduate School, visit the English Proficiency Requirements page.

TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 100
Minimum section requirements:

  • Reading: 22
  • Listening: 22
  • Speaking: 22 (27 to be considered for TA)
  • Writing: 22

TOEFL: Essentials: Minimum Overall Required Score: 10.5
Minimum section requirements:

  • Reading: 9
  • Listening: 9
  • Speaking: 9
  • Writing: 9

IELTS (Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 7
Minimum section requirements:

  • Reading: 7
  • Listening: 7
  • Speaking: 7.0 (8.0 to be considered for TA)
  • Writing: 7

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements


  • Master's Degree

Application Deadlines


  • Fall Spring Summer
    December 15 No Entry No Entry US Citizen
    December 15 No Entry No Entry International

Program Contact Information


  • Name Julie Henderson
    Phone 765-494-3746
    Email jhenders@purdue.edu
    Web Program Website
    Address Graduate Studies Office
    Department of English
    Purdue University
    640 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.
Purdue West Lafayette campus