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5-6 year PhD Program

Applicants should submit a complete application via the Slate application portal by January 1 for admission to the following fall semester. Detailed instructions are available at the Graduate & Professional Education Admissions website.

The following items must be uploaded to your online application: 

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Objectives and Interests that 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 transcript of all college records
  • GRE scores: General Test
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing Sample (10–20 pages)


  • Applicants should have a BA or MA degree in hand before the beginning of the Fall term
  • Students with an MA have reduced course requirements and receive 5 years of funding
  • Application fee for entrance to the 2019-20 academic year is $75 US dollars
  • Incoming students are subject to a criminal background check as per UD policy 4-111.

Specific questions about your application may be directed to Jessica Venturii or Graduate Admissions.

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  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2361