Skip to main content

Information for Applicants

Online Application

Information for Applicants

The Vanderbilt University Department of English offers the following degrees:

  • Ph.D. in English Literature
  • M.A. *
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing

* Students normally earn the M.A. degree after their first 30 hours graduate study at Vanderbilt University. On the online application, please indicate "Ph.D." as the degree sought.


The application deadline for Fall 2019 admission is December 15, 2018.

Critical components of the completed electronic application for the Ph.D. Program include:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample (maximum length - 25 pages) - no Creative Writing
  • Three letters of recommendation (up to five letters permitted)
  • Unofficial college transcript(s) uploaded to the application. Official transcripts are required if you are admitted.
  • GRE general test scores (no older than five years). 
  • GRE codes: Vanderbilt University - 1871; the Department of English - 2501
  • For International Students whose native language is not English:  we accept both TOEFL and IELTS scores.  For more information, visit the Graduate School's Language Proficiency page.

Note: The GRE subject test is no longer required by the Department of English.

Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Vera Kutzinski if you have any questions about the application process.