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Admission Requirements

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M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Applications for the M.F.A. in Creative Writing are required to take the GRE general exam, but not the subject exam. (GRE scores are acceptable for a period of five years from the taking of the tests.)

For complete requirements for the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, please see the Creative Writing webpage regarding admissions. M.F.A. Creative Writing supplemental materials should be mailed to:
M.F.A. in Creative Writing
IU English Department
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Ballantine Hall 442
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103

Ph.D. with a Concentration in Literature

Undergraduate major or its equivalent. (In exceptional cases, superior students who have not majored in English may be admitted conditionally.) The Graduate Record Examination, both the aptitude and the advanced test in English literature. An applicant ordinarily should have at least an overall GPA of 3.2, a GPA in English of 3.7. Scores on the GRE should exceed 160 on the Verbal and Subject tests. The Analytical Writing score should be 5.0 or higher. For admission to the Ph.D. program with an M.A. from a department other than our own, the undergraduate GPA requirement remains the same. Add to this a 3.9 GPA in graduate courses (out of a possible 4.0). Scores on the GRE Verbal and Subject tests should ordinarily approach 166. More significant than scores and grades, however, are an applicant's personal statement, letters of recommendation, proficiency in foreign languages, and especially, a writing sample. These materials may offset lower scores on the GRE exams or lower grade point averages.

Designating Your Degree Choice

Applicants to the doctoral program who have not completed an M.A. in English should indicate the M.A. program as their degree choice on the electronic application. Students admitted at this level will be advanced to the doctoral program upon completion of 30-32 hours of relevant graduate work (with a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher), and demonstrated proficiency in one language. Applicants who have completed an M.A. in English should indicate the Ph.D. program on the electronic application.

While generally the English department does not offer a terminal M.A., it does offer a dual M.A. with ILS (Information and Library Science), and a 4 + 1 M.A. for IU undergraduate majors. Additionally, in rare circumstances, application for the M.A. may be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Applicants to these programs should indicate their choice in their personal statement.

Application Information

Applicants to the doctoral program are required to submit all primary application materials online. These include:

  • The IU Graduate School Application (the online application may be found here).
  • A 300-500 word statement of the applicant's academic goals and areas of specific interest (please make sure to note field specialty--e.g. medieval, 18th century, literary theory, comparative ethnic studies).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A 15-20 pp writing sample.
  • The application fee.

Secondary application materials, including:

  • Graduate Record Examination scores (as specified above), and
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate study to date

should be mailed directly to the department, to the attention of:

Bev Hankins
IU English Department
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Ballantine Hall 442
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103

International students, please note: International applicants must also meet International Admissions requirements (http://ois.indiana.edu/admissions/apply/graduate/). For those whose native language is not English, TOEFL exam scores are required. Please also note that there is a university deadline of December 1 for International applications.

Any questions about the application process may be directed to the Graduate Secretary, Bev Hankins.

Application Deadlines

The general deadline is January 2. Admission is for the Fall semester only (the English program does not accept off-calendar applications). The university deadline for international admissions is December 1. International Applicants should consult the webpage for the Office of International Services for further requirements (see above).

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and relevant test scores, are received by the deadline. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, materials will be accepted on the first working day following the deadline. To avoid distress, applicants are encouraged to request all supporting materials far in advance.

Financial Aid (Literature Concentration)

The Department has regularly at its disposal two forms of financial aid for graduate students in language and literature: Fellowships and Associate Instructorships. Loan and work-study eligibility are determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Aid in the First Year (Fellowships)

Each year the department offers a small number of fellowships. First-year fellowships are generally available only to graduate students entering the literature concentration; applicants for the Ph.D. program who have already done graduate work elsewhere will normally not be considered for them. In 2016, fellowships will carry a stipend of about $18,000, plus a tuition and fee-remission that covers roughly 90% of the cost of enrollment. Fellowship packages are typically succeeded by an Associate Instructorship, renewable for five years or more, provided the student makes reasonable progress toward fulfilling degree requirements. To apply for a fellowship, the applicant should check "yes" on item 6 of the application form.

Associate Instructorships

Associate Instructorships in the first year are only available to applicants to the concentration in Literature if they have completed an M.A. (or its equivalent) at the time of their appointment as Associate Instructor; in 2016, stipends will be $15,750, plus tuition and fee remission.

Ph.D. with a Concentration in Rhetoric

Requirements

Undergraduate major in English, Communication, or related field. The Graduate Record Examination, only the aptitude test. An applicant ordinarily should have at least an overall GPA of 3.2, a GPA in English of 3.7. Scores on the GRE should exceed 160 on the Verbal test; the Analytical Writing score should be 5.0 or higher. For admission to the Ph.D. program with an M.A. from a department other than our own, the undergraduate GPA requirement remains the same. Add to this a 3.9 GPA in graduate courses (out of a possible 4.0). Scores on the GRE Verbal tests should ordinarily approach 166. More significant than scores and grades, however, are an applicant's personal statement, letters of recommendation, and especially, a writing sample. These materials may offset lower scores on the GRE exams or lower grade point averages.

Application Information

Applicants to the doctoral program are required to submit all primary application materials online. These include:

  • The IU Graduate School Application (the online application may be found here).
  • A 300-500 word statement of the applicant's academic goals and areas of specific interest.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A 15-20 pp writing sample.
  • The application fee.

Secondary application materials, including:

  • Graduate Record Examination scores (general aptitude test only), and
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate study to date

should be mailed directly to the department, to the attention of:

Concentration in Rhetoric
Bev Hankins
IU English Department
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Ballantine Hall 442
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103

International students, please note: International applicants must also meet International Admissions requirements (http://ois.indiana.edu/admissions/apply/graduate/). For those whose native language is not English, TOEFL exam scores are required. Please also note that there is a university deadline of December 1 for International applications.

Any questions about the application process may be directed to the Graduate Secretary, Bev Hankins.

Application Deadlines

The general deadline is January 2. Admission is for the Fall semester only (the English program does not accept off-calendar applications). The university deadline for international admissions is December 1. International Applicants should consult the webpage for the Office of International Services for further requirements (see above).

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and relevant test scores, are received by the deadline. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, materials will be accepted on the first working day following the deadline. To avoid distress, applicants are encouraged to request all supporting materials far in advance.

Financial Aid (Rhetoric Concentration)

The Department has regularly at its disposal two forms of financial aid for graduate students in Rhetoric: Associate Instructorships and Fellowships. Loan and work-study eligibility are determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Associate Instructorships in the first year are available to applicants to the concentration in Rhetoric will take the form of assisting in a faculty-taught lecture course in Public Oral Communication; in 2016, stipends will be $15,750, plus tuition and fee remission. Generally, these appointments will be succeeded by at least three years of Associate Instructorship, in which AIs will teach their own sections of Composition or Rhetoric courses, provided the student makes reasonable progress toward fulfilling degree requirements. Typically, students in the Rhetoric concentration who make reasonable progress toward fulfilling degree requirements will be awarded a dissertation fellowship (for students admitted in 2016, $20,000 plus tuition and fee remission) in their fifth year in the program.

Other Sources of Financial Aid

Dissertation Fellowships

There are also a number of fellowships available for research connected with a Ph.D. dissertation or an M.F.A. thesis, regardless of concentration. These are awarded on a competitive basis, based on progress and performance; and are variously administered by the department, relevant research centers, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School. Students are encouraged to pursue these opportunities.

Work-study and Loans

For information about financial aid consisting of work-study and loans, applicants should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance (Student Central on Union, 408 N. Union). Students who want to qualify for work-study positions or loans should fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form as early as possible. This form is common to many universities and should be filled out before you hear about admission to Indiana University.

Thank you for your interest in the IU doctoral program in English.