Graduate – Prospective – FAQ

  • The Program
  • GRE
  • Documents
  • Application Review
  • Funding

I wish to only complete a master’s degree at UCLA. Is this possible?

We do not offer a terminal master’s degree. We do offer a PhD in English literature.

Do you offer specializations in Rhetoric, Composition, or Creative Writing?

We do not offer these specializations at this time.

How many students apply? How many are admitted?

We receive approximately 350 applications. Our target is a class size of 12-14 new students on average per year.

Does the department welcome visits from prospective students?

Yes. Please contact the Graduate Assistant for more information.

I plan on taking the GRE Subject Test in Literature in December. Will this be a problem?

The postmark deadline for applications and supporting materials is December 1. We guarantee review of all applications postmarked by this date. If you take the December GRE subject test, scores will be reported sometime around the third week of January. The admissions committee does its best to review as many applications as possible, but it cannot guarantee that applications completed a month after the deadline will be reviewed.

What are the department’s minimum scores for the GRE general and subject test in Literature?

There are no minimum scores required, but a combined score of 1300 (GRE verbal and subject test in literature) or individual scores of 650 can be used to gauge performance.

Where can I get more information about the GRE general and subject tests?

Go to for test dates and registration information.

What are the requirements for the statement of purpose?

UCLA Graduate Division has provided specific prompts and length recommendations through the online application portal. You do not need to follow a specific format in regards to spacing or margins.

Must my letters of recommendation be sent from me along with my other supporting materials?

No. Professors can mail your letter directly to our department. It is also acceptable for university letter services to send copies of your letters to our department. Effective Fall 2010, recommenders whom you list in your online application may electronically upload letters of recommendation to the application website.

Can I submit two short papers instead of one 15-25 page writing sample? OR My sample is longer than 25 pages. Will this be a problem?

It is recommended that you submit one 15-25 page writing sample. This length provides for a substantial critical analysis of literature, yet is not burdensome for the reader to review. Ultimately, it is your decision how to best showcase your preparation and potential.

As an international applicant, what additional documentation must I provide?

International students whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL score.

How are applications reviewed?

Review begins in early January. The process begins with five two-member committees reviewing all completed applications, and then a three-member committee reviews the top 100. Forty finalists are selected from this group, and the entire graduate admissions committee convenes to finalize the selection of applicants offered admissions to the graduate program. Admissions offers are sent via email in February.



What type of graduate funding is available?

A traditional first-year funding package consists of:
* Stipend (minimum $21,000)
* Full tuition and fees (including non-resident tuition for the first year, if applicable)
* $4000 summer stipend

In subsquent years, funding is typically provided in the form of teaching assistantships, with an additional fellowship awarded in the dissertation year.  In these intervening years, students may also apply for additional fellowships that are awarded on a competitive basis by our Graduate Division and by other entities both within and outside of UCLA. All funding is contingent on the student’s remaining in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Applicants interested in applying for the Cota Robles Fellowship should indicate this in the online application and complete the related portions of the form.