Application Checklist

After referring to the Application Requirements, use this checklist to confirm a complete application to the Department of English's Graduate Studies Program:

  1. Application submitted online.
  2. All unoffical transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) uploaded to online application.
  3. GRE scores (General Only) electronically from ETS. For the 2022-2023 application season, the English Department is not requiring the GRE general test, but students can choose to submit their scores.
  4. TOEFL iBT and or TOEFL PBT scores (if applicable) electronically from ETS.
  5. Three letters of recommendation mailed or uploaded to online application.
  6. An Academic Statement of Purpose (1000 words) describing your intended areas of research (fields and/or historical periods), your academic preparation, and your professional goals. Uploaded to online application.
  7. A Personal Statement (500 words) discussing any key experiences and/or challenges that may have shaped your intellectual and personal development. Uploaded to online application.
  8. Writing sample(s) uploaded to online application. One (1) writing sample for an application to the MA Program; Two (2) writing samples for the PhD Program. Writings samples should be 15-20 double-spaced pages. 
  9. A program description (PhD applicants only) upload to online application or e-mail it to

*NOTE: Applicants do not need to mail hard copies of materials uploaded to their online application.

Mailing address

Graduate Coordinator
English Department
University of Illinois, 210 English
608 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801



Applications must be submitted by 12 noon (CST) December 1.
Supporting Material must be received in our office December 1.

For admission information, please contact:  217-300-5918 or e-mail at