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How to Apply for the PhD in English and Women's Studies

We will start accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year in September 2016. Applications and supplemental materials must be received by December 15, 2016 to meet our deadline.

Applicants with Master's degrees are given equal consideration for admission, but are not guaranteed advanced standing in the program.

An applicant must submit the following:

  1. One official copy of transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate school attended.
  2. An application fee ($75 for U.S. citizens or permanent residents; $90 for international applicants)
  3. The online application (includes upload pages for an academic statement of purpose, a personal statement, a curriculum vitae, and a writing sample).
  4. Three letters of recommendation each accompanied by its respective recommendation form (see link below), from people qualified to judge the applicant's skills.
  5. Writing sample, a sample of critical or scholarly writing.
  6. Official GRE scores and, if necessary, TOEFL scores for international students.

Please Note: There is no need to send a second application to the English Department as we will automatically receive the online application materials you submit.

More information on the required pieces of the online application:

  • The academic statement of purpose should outline your goals while attending graduate school.
  • A personal statement should describe 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. This is not an academic statement of purpose, but a discussion of the personal journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree.
  • A copy of your resume or CV.
  • A copy of transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate school you have attended should also be uploaded with your application. Please note that uploaded copies of transcripts are considered unofficial, so you will still need to have official copies sent to the Rackham Graduate School.
  • Three letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically through the online application system or via snail mail to the Women’s Studies Department. You can find the letter of recommendation form through the online application.
  • GRE General Exam scores, of not more than 5 years old, are required. We require the GRE for U.S. students and both the GRE and TOEFL for international students. The only exception to the TOEFL is for international students who have studied in the U.S. and/or who have received a degree from an English-speaking university; these students must still take the GRE but do not need the TOEFL. The Admissions Committee will be unable to consider your application unless we receive these official test scores. GRE Codes: The University of Michigan institution code is 1839 & the Women’s Studies program code is 5199.
  • The writing sample should demonstrate the applicant's research interests and academic capabilities. Ideally, but not necessarily, this means a term paper; an excerpt from a thesis is also acceptable. The average submission is 10-20 pages; all writing samples should be no more than 25 pages.

To apply online:

  • Call with any questions 734.763.2047

Beginning Fall 2006, the University of Michigan will require certain entering international students to be screened for tuberculosis (TB). This new 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.

All materials must be received in our office by December 15. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that all materials have been received.

The English and Women's Studies Department will be closed from December 24 through January 1.

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