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How to Apply for the PhD in English and Education

Applications for Fall 2017 will be accepted beginning September 1, 2016.

Please note: Applications are accepted for fall enrollment only.

An applicant must submit the following:

  • One set of official transcripts from your bachelor and masters granting institution to: Rackham Graduate School, 0120 Rackham Bldg., 915 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination, General Exam only. The English and Education Program does not require the GRE subject test. Scores older than five years are not accepted. Please be sure to take the general GRE no later than October. Scores must be reported to the English and Education Program by the January 5th deadline. Institution code: 1839.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).The minimum TOEFL score accepted is 620 on paper, 260 on the computer or 106 internet. The test date must be within 2 years of the application deadline. We do not accept scores from exams other than the TOEFL. Photocopies and/or faxed scores will not be accepted.


  • A clear, detailed, carefully considered statement of your academic and career interests, usually 2-3 pages in length, double spaced; this statement should address your specific research interests and explain why this particular program will serve you well, given your goals.
  • Clearly labeled Personal Statement: concise, up to two pages, double spaced, well-written statement about how your personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Writing sample of approximately 10-20 pages. Applicants should submit a sample of critical or scholarly writing.
  • Admissions Conduct Code: The Admission Conduct Code questions are part of the online application process. You will be prompted to provide the necessary information and your response will be submitted electronically. There is no need to follow-up with paper copies.
  • Three letters of recommendation: register your recommenders when you fill out the online application if your letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically.

  • One set of transcripts from each college or university attended. If you are admitted to the program, accept, and you complete your current education after admission, you will need to submit an official hard copy of your final transcript to the Joint Program in English and Education and Rackham Graduate School at: Rackham Graduate School, 0120 Rackham Bldg., 915 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Instructions for Submitting Transcripts: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/rhd.php?id=116. Academic Records/Transcript Submission Form.

For additional information, please:

  • call 734.763.6643 or browse through our website (information only)
  • write the Joint Program in English and Education (address above)
  • email us with questions (laubenth@umich.edu)

The University of Michigan requires certain entering international students to be screened for tuberculosis (TB). This requirement is in response to recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Advisory Committee for Elimination of Tuberculosis to screen individuals from countries where TB is common. Screening will be offered free on campus and a TB infection would not jeopardize a student's visa status. Health care is completely confidential. For further information, see http://www.uhs.umich.edu/tbscreen.

For the academic year 2017-2018, students from the following countries (identified by the World Health Organization as together accounting for 80% of the world's TB cases) with an F-1 or J-1 visa type and a Form I-20 or DS-2019 issued by UM will be screened for TB: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, China (includes Hong Kong SAR), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

Note: All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form.

The Program will be closed December 24th through January 1st.

All materials must be received in our office by January 5th. We adhere to a strict deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that all materials have been received. Applications that remain incomplete after this date will not be considered.

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