American Studies

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral  PhD  AMST Fall* December 13, 2022
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 13, 2022
Director of Graduate Admissions Seth Kotch (
Graduate Coordinator Ali Carson (
Address Department of American Studies
CB# 3250, Greenlaw Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-962-4065
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3 (at least two from academic sources)
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

Personal Statement addressing the applicant’s intellectual and professional goals, the place of the applicant’s pursuit of the PhD in American Studies in their projected intellectual and professional trajectory, and what they will bring to program as a member of an intellectual community.

Writing Sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to write clear and graceful prose, to conduct original research, and to set forth a critical interpretation or argument.  The writing sample should be no more than 10-15 pages in length [Supplemental Document #1 Upload].  The applicant may also submit additional materials, such as academic work in another course or writing that springs from relevant professional activities.

Please refer to the Department of American Studies website for additional information about the personal statement and writing sample required for the PhD in American Studies.

*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the program are other admission terms considered.