Requirements for admission to the Literature concentration include an undergraduate major or its equivalent and the Graduate Record Examination, both the aptitude and the advanced test in English literature. (In exceptional cases, superior students who have not majored in English may be admitted conditionally.)
An applicant ordinarily should have at least an overall GPA of 3.2, a GPA in English of 3.7. Scores on the GRE should exceed 160 on the Verbal and Subject tests. The Analytical Writing score should be 5.0 or higher.
For admission to the Ph.D. program with an M.A. from a department other than our own, the undergraduate GPA requirement remains the same. Add to this a 3.9 GPA in graduate courses (out of a possible 4.0). Scores on the GRE Verbal and Subject tests should ordinarily approach 166.
More significant than scores and grades, however, are an applicant's personal statement, letters of recommendation, proficiency in foreign languages, and especially, a writing sample. These materials may offset lower scores on the GRE exams or lower grade point averages.