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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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2020-2021 Admissions

The English Department is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2021 cohort.

We will start accepting applications for the Fall 2022 cohort in September 2021.


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

Fee Waivers

The English Department does not have any fee waivers available for our PhD or MFA applicants. There are no exceptions to this policy.

But, 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, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

PhD in English and Education: December 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

PhD in English and Women's Studies:  December 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Helen Zell Writers' Program (MFA):  December 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm.


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


Please contact

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