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Deadlines and Requirements

PhD Applications
(MA not required for admission, all admitted PhD's are funded):
January 4, 2017*

Spring MA Applications (without financial aid consideration):
October 5, 2016

Fall MA Applications (with financial aid consideration):
January 4, 2017

Fall MA Applications (without financial aid consideration):
April 5, 2017

* International student applications are recommended to be received by Dec. 1, 2016.


Applicants should apply through The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences online application. Components of the completed application include:

  • Statement of Intent: Your Statement of Intent should characterize your identity as a literary scholar and your aspirations as a graduate student of literature at Fordham. It should detail your intellectual preparation for such study in an undergraduate and/or Master's degree program. It should describe in specific terms your current research interests-the questions, texts, authors, genres, periods, and/or traditions in which you are most engaged-and your future intellectual and professional goals. (Maximum 500 words).
  • PhD Applicants must select a primary and secondary Area of Interest from: Early and Nineteenth-century American Literature; Eighteenth-century British Literature; Medieval literature; Early modern/Renaissance literature; Nineteenth-century British Literature; Twentieth and Twenty-first-century American Literature; or Twentieth and Twenty-first-century British Literature.
  • Writing Sample: Your writing sample should be an original scholarly essay of 15-25 pages, preferably written for a graduate-level literature course (or if applying to the MA, an undergraduate-level literature course or thesis). Ideally, this essay should reflect your scholarly interests and intellectual potential. It may be submitted either in a word processing program file or as a PDF file.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts: Sealed from the college or university. International transcripts must be translated into English and converted to the U.S. grading system of 4.0 GPA.
  • CV or resume: Up to ten (10) pages in length including the following information: Full legal name; Permanent and local/current address and contact numbers; Work experience, which might pertain to the earning of this degree; Skills such as languages, computer programs, etc.; Citations of any published written materials, papers delivered, or other pertinent scholarly endeavors.
  • GRE General Test: Visit the ETS web site for information: or call 1-800-GRE-CALL. (Institution Code 2259).
  • TOEFL test results must be submitted by International Applicants. Visit the ETS web site for more information: or call 1-800-GO-TOEFL. Fordham's GSAS Institution code is 2259. Allow 4-6 weeks for scores to be processed and sent to Fordham. Arrange for all supporting documents and official test scores to be sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:

    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    Keating 216
    441 East Fordham Road
    Bronx, NY 10458
    Fordham University



For questions regarding the Graduate Program in English, please contact the Interim Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Julie Kim, at

For questions about the admissions process, contact the Admissions Office of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at