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How to Apply

Each one of our programs has a unique application process. Click on your program of interest and learn more about how to apply.

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2023-2024 Admissions


Due to the high volume of emails the program receives, faculty are unable to answer individual emails.  Emails sent directly to faculty may not receive a response.

Fee Waivers

We do not have any application fee waivers for the PhD or MFA Programs. 

The Rackham Graduate School provides fee waivers for eligible MFA and PhD applicants, please review their webpage: Application Fee and Payment. Please contact Rackham,, if you have any questions.

GRE Scores

GRE scores are not required for admissions and any GRE scores sent will not be received by the Admissions Committee.


All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the deadline in order to be considered.

PhD in English Language and Literature: December 10, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

PhD in English and Education: December 30, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

PhD in English and Women's Studies:  December 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

Helen Zell Writers' Program (MFA):  December 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm.


Decisions will not be made until the end of February/beginning of March.


Please review our FAQ Page before contacting the graduate office with questions. If you still have questions after reviewing the FAQ section, please contact

Please do not email individual faculty members with questions, all questions should be directed towards