Admission Requirements

  • M.A., M.S., M.A.T. or M.F.A. in a relevant discipline.
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA in previous graduate courses.
  • Competitive scores in the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination. (The GRE must have been taken within the past five years.)
  • For international applicants, a competitive TOEFL score is also required.
  • Applicants must submit an academic paper, approximately 20 pages in length and with scholarly documentation, that demonstrates the applicant’s analytical and explanatory skills and command of the discipline in the area of the master’s degree. Candidates who plan to work in lingua are required to submit an additional academic paper in that language, too.
  • A statement of intent that outlines the applicant's field(s) of study and describes how your academic background has prepared you for this interdisciplinary program.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including at least two from professors whose course(s) the applicant has taken. These letters should be current and should attest to the applicant's intellectual qualifications for the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies.

The deadline for Fall admission is January 15.  For candidates not seeking Ph.D. fellowships, the deadline is March 1.

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