Admission

Graduate Admission

To be admitted to any of the department’s graduate degree tracks, a student must have a strong undergraduate record, particularly in the humanities. A grade-point average of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale normally is required. College courses should include at least 18 hours of junior/senior work in literature, and the student is encouraged to have a reading knowledge of an appropriate foreign language. Applicants are expected to have some familiarity with British and American literary history and the work of the major writers in English. Most importantly, applicants for graduate work in literary studies and rhetoric-composition studies should be able to demonstrate, with writing samples, their ability to produce advanced analytical and interpretive scholarly writing. Similarly, creative writing applicants need to submit writing samples that demonstrate an advanced level of writing skills in their respective genres. Candidates for admission must submit Graduate Record Examination scores in support of their applications. For complete admission information, see the English department website.

Submit your graduate application online. All supplemental materials (transcripts, writing samples, letters of recommendation, etc.) may be attached electronically and submitted with the online application. Those who cannot submit materials electronically may mail them to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of English
Graduate Applications
Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3001
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594

Contact Info

Department of English

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3001
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-4520
english@ku.edu
http://www.english.ku.edu/
Anna Neill, Chair
785-864-2521
aneill@ku.edu
Laura Mielke, Associate Chair
785-864-2578
lmielke@ku.edu

Department of English

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3001
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-4520
english@ku.edu
http://www.english.ku.edu/
Kathryn Conrad, Director, Undergraduate Studies
785-864-2572
kconrad@ku.edu
Frank Farmer, Director, First- and Second-Year English
785-864-2507
farmerf@ku.edu

Department of English

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3001
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-4520
english@ku.edu
http://www.english.ku.edu/
Giselle Anatol, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-2522
ganatol@ku.edu
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