The Literature and Criticism PhD Program at IUP accepts applications throughout the year but reviews applications twice per year, January 15 and March 15. Decisions are made within four weeks of those dates.
If you are seeking financial aid for the regular academic year, please apply before March 15 for the following fall semester in order to be considered for a graduate
assistantship. Please note that you cannot transfer credits into this program.
To be accepted to the program, you must meet all minimum application requirements for graduate studies at IUP.
A bachelor’s and master’s degree from an accredited university:
A written goal statement that answers these questions:
Two letters of recommendation that discuss academic performance and your potential for doctoral studies.
A resume or Curriculum Vitae.
A writing sample of previous academic work.
GRE scores are optional, but please submit them if you feel they help your application.
“Out of all the PhD programs to which I applied (10 altogether), IUP's Literature and Criticism Program was the program that placed emphasis on teaching as much as research and scholarship.”
Sheila Gross, PhD Candidate, Literature and Criticism
For International Students
If you are looking to join IUP from a different country, you will need the following to apply as a student in the Literature and Criticism PhD program:
Official TOEFL scores (minimum score of 540) or IELTS scores (minimum score of 6.0), if applicable.
An international student preliminary application form:
Please work directly with IUP’s Office of International Education on your application:
Office of International EducationDelaney Hall, Suite B25920 Grant StreetIndiana, PA 15705Phone: +1-724-357-2295E-mail: email@example.com
Through our Office of International Education, you will work with an international student advisor to receive the information you need, including documentation for a visa.
Application Deadlines and Process
We consider applications throughout the year for the PhD program. We strongly recommend early applications to secure your spot and begin your English doctoral studies in your preferred time frame. Some deadlines to consider include:
Please apply online by creating your IUP Admissions Profile, and submit all required documents electronically through your profile. For any questions about the process,
contact our Admissions office at 724-357-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After we receive your completed application, the English Department’s Graduate Literature Admissions Committee will review it and make an admissions recommendation. Our Admissions Office will then notify you of the decision.
Graduate course catalog
Literature and Criticism PhD Handbook
Tuition and fees
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