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PhD English

Applications are accepted each year for Fall admission. Applicants should submit a complete application via the Slate application portal by January 1.  All applications received by January 1 are considered for full-funding (stipend, tuition remission). Applications received after January 1 and before January 31 will not be considered for funding. 

The following items must be uploaded to your online application: 

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Objectives and Interests. Please be sure your personal statement answers the following questions (1–5 pages):
    • What are your intellectual objectives and how will your proposed plan of graduate study relate to them?
    • Within English studies, are there areas of special interest to you? Please explain.
    • How will the resources at the University of Delaware (faculty and otherwise) help you to achieve your objectives and pursue you areas of interest?
    • [Note: because special scholarships may be available for members of historically underrepresented groups in the humanities, including African and Asian-American students, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and former members of the military, we encourage applicants who may be eligible for these awards to signal their eligibility in their statement.]
  • Unofficial Transcripts from All College/Universities Attended
  • GRE Test Scores (We do not require  the GRE English Literature Subject Exam) 
  • TOEFL/IELTS Requirements
  • Three Letters of Recommendation. Be sure letters of recommendation are submitted by your faculty advisors prior to the January 1 deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  • Critical Writing Sample (10–20 pages)


  • Applicants must have earned a BA or MA degree before matriculation in Fall 
  • Please note we are a straight-to-PhD program that does not accept applications for a terminal MA degree. Our PhD students have the opportunity to earn the MA degree on their way to the PhD. 
  • The application fee is $75. View information regarding fees and possible fee waivers here
  • Students must accept the offer of admission no later than April 15
  • All incoming students are subject to a criminal background check as per UD policy 4-111

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  • Department of English
  • 203 Memorial Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2361