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All persons who are admitted into the graduate program of the Department of English at UCLA enter the first phase of the doctoral program, successful completion of which results in the MA.  If you come to UCLA with the master's degree, you may waive certain course requirements (see below), but you must pass the First Qualifying Examination (which also grants admission into the second phase of the doctoral program).

Admission to the program is based on a thorough review of your academic record.  Ordinarily, if you hold the BA, you are expected to meet these minimum requirements: an undergraduate major or program that prepares you for the advanced study of literature, and grade-point averages in English courses in the junior and senior years of at least 3.5.  You are also expected to have taken the Graduate Record Examination within the last five years, including the General Test and the Literature in English Subject Test.  If you hold the MA, you will be expected to have a grade-point average of at least 3.7 in all graduate courses, and a correspondingly higher score on the Subject Test.

Application Components:

  1. UCLA online graduate application - available via the "launch application form" link at: https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/. Submission fee required.
  2. Three letters of recommendation attesting to your ability to succeed in graduate study.  Letters are submitted via the online application system.
  3. A writing sample – The sample should be about the length of a seminar paper (15 to 25 pages). However, excerpts of longer works can be submitted, and should demonstrate the applicant's interest, competence, and experience in the chosen field of specialization. Writing samples are uploaded using the online application system.
  4. A statement of purpose – Uploaded directly into the online application system. There is no minimum or maximum length, although two to three double-spaced pages (500-1000 words) are recommended. Care should be taken with the statement of purpose and the writing sample, as the quality of thought and argument these exhibit, as well as their style, weigh significantly in admissions decisions.
  5. Official transcripts - An official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work must be sent directly to the English department (see address below), in addition to copies of these transcripts which must be uploaded into the online application system. NOTE: Transcripts from community colleges and short-term study abroad programs are not necessary, as the coursework will be reflected on your undergraduate transcript.
  6. GRE general and subject test scores (and TOEFL scores for international students whose first language is not English) - In order for your application to be complete, the Department must receive score reports for the GRE general test and the GRE subject test in English Literature (and TOEFL, if applicable), taken within the last five years. Applicants must request score reports using department code 2501 (English Language and Literature) or 2504 (English Literature) and institution code 4837 (UCLA).  If you do not provide ETS with both a department code and institution code, your application may not be processed.

The mailing address for transcripts is:

Graduate Advisor
UCLA Department of English
149 Humanities Building
Box 951530
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1530

If your institution supports electronic transmission of official transcripts, these should be sent directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The submission deadline for all application materials is Thursday, December 1, 2016.

We admit applicants only in the Fall quarter. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for recruitment fellowships and teaching assistantships. These awards are usually made in mid-March. Questions about need-based aid should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at (310) 206-0400.

PLEASE NOTE: No application, whether foreign or domestic, will be reviewed until scores from both the GRE General and Subject Test in English Literature have been received by the Department of English. Applicants should take the exams no later than October or November of the year in which they are applying. For more information regarding test dates and registration, go to http://www.gre.org.

Please visit the UCLA Graduate Division website at https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/ for information regarding funding, application procedures, and general graduate information. The graduate application is only available online at this website.

If you should have further questions about the admissions process or the status of your application, please contact the English Department Graduate Assistant at (310) 825-3927 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..