Graduate Admissions

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How do I apply?

Fall 2019 applicants can apply online, using the Graduate School’s interactive form. Spring and fall 2010 applicants can begin their application by clicking here.

Supporting materials must be submitted electronically, using the upload section near the bottom of the application. Acceptable formats include PDF, MS Word .doc or .docx, Text, HTML, jpeg or other standard image file

The deadline for applications to the PhD program is December 13th.

Since we will begin processing applications immediately, meeting the deadline is especially important if you wish to be considered for the enhanced fellowships offered through the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The priority deadline for applications to the MA program is February 15th.  We will continue to review applications after that date on a space-available basis. Students wishing to be considered for the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship should apply no later than December 15th. 

What must my application include?

All applications must include the following:

  • Completed application form.
  • Electronic copies of transcripts of all previous undergraduate or graduate coursework. Only admitted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts.
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted electronically.  Once you submit your application for final review, your professors will receive an automated email requesting that they upload their recommendation letter. Please arrange for the letters to be received by December 22nd for the PhD program, or March 8th for the MA program.
  • Results of the GRE general aptitude test (institution code 2925, department code 2501). We can accept scores from either the old or the new GRE exam. Students applying to the MA Program only, with a GPA of 3.6 or higher do not need to submit GRE scores.
  • A personal statement of two to three double-spaced typed pages, submitted electronically.
  • A substantial sample (15-25 pages) of critical writing on a literary topic. Creative writing is welcome in addition but since our degree is given for critical thinking and scholarly research, we must see what a student can do in those areas, submitted electronically.

Please consider our advice for graduate applicants on how to submit the strongest application you can.

If I am an international student, what else do I submit?

International applicants must also include:

  1. International Applicant Financial Statement
  2. Results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for international applicants whose native language is not English (institution code 2925, department code 14)

For more information, visit our admissions page for international applicants.

Where do I submit my application fee?

The application fee of $75 payable to the University at Buffalo. Payments may be made online by program:

UB undergraduates and New York State residents may be eligible for an MA application fee waiver

I am interested in taking classes in the English Department on a non-matriculated basis. How do I apply to do so?

Please visit our admissions web page for non-matriculating students for information about this application process.

Contact Us

Carla Mazzio.

Carla Mazzio

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Admissions

513 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0702


Sophia Canavos

Administrative Assistant

Graduate Admissions Office

302 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2566