English and Comparative Literature

 

Program Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral (PhD) ECL Fall* December 1, 2020
Master’s (MA) – Medicine, Literature, and Culture concentration

IMPORTANT: The MA is a separate, specialized curriculum for non-PhD applicants seeking interdisciplinary study in health and humanities: for details see http://litmedcult.web.unc.edu
ECL Fall June 8, 2021

(Priority Deadline – December 1, 2020)

Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 15, 2020 (Recommended) – PLEASE NOTE, ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 1, 2020 IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR FALL 2021 ADMISSION
Academic Program Aid/Financial Assistance December 15, 2020 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions Matt Taylor (mattheta@email.unc.edu)
Director of Graduate Admissions (MA—Literature, Medicine, and Culture concentration) Jane F. Thrailkill (tkill@unc.edu)
Graduate Coordinator Taylor Brunson (tbrunson@unc.edu)
Address Department of English
CB# 3520, Greenlaw Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Website englishcomplit.unc.edu
Phone 919-962-1454
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3 – (see other requirements)
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Completed financial certificate
Other Requirements

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

Critical Writing Sample:

Writing samples must be examples of analytical writing (rather than creative writing) directly related to literature.  Double-spaced, 15-20 page paper of no more than 5,500 words, in 12-point font and with 1-inch margins.

Statement of Purpose:

The Statement of Purpose should be intellectual rather than autobiographical, aimed at giving the admissions committee a strong account of the applicant’s scholarly interests. No longer than 1,000 words, in 12-point font and leaving 1-inch margins.

Three Letters of Recommendation:

Three strong letters of recommendation from professors who are familiar with a candidate’s academic work. Recommenders should address not only the applicant’s scholarly achievements, but also the applicant’s originality as a thinker and potential as scholar and teacher.

Foreign Language mp3 (Comparative Literature applicants only):

Applicants in Comparative Literature should also submit an mp3 of themselves speaking in the foreign language in which they are most proficient.

Literature, Medicine, and Culture Concentration in English—MA only [separate from PhD]:  Multidisciplinary course of study in the narrative, cultural, and societal dimensions of health and illness. 30 credit hour curriculum with opportunities for individual and collaborative research. Core faculty drawn from humanities, social sciences, health sciences. IMPORTANT: MA applicants’ Statement of Purpose should address interest in and preparation for interdisciplinary study. For details see http://hhive.unc.edu/litmedcult/ and for inquiries contact tkill@unc.edu.