Application Requirements

All applications to the Graduate College must be submitted by 12 NOON (CST), December 1.
All supporting material must be received in our office by December 1.
For the 2022-2023 application season, the English Department is not requiring the GRE general test, but students may choose to submit their scores.

All applicants for Literature and Writing Studies enter either the MA/PhD Program or the PhD Program. Applicants who have not yet earned an MA will do so in the course of their studies and should apply to the MA Program. Applicants who have already earned (or will have earned at the time of their enrollment at Illinois) a MA from another institution, should apply to the PhD Program. The English department does not offer a terminal Master's degree.

We admit students for the Fall semester only.

It is your responsibility to certify that your application is complete.
You may call us to check on materials at (217) 300-5918 or e-mail us at 

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