Master's Degree

Internal admission to the Ph.D. Program

Some students petition to apply to the Comparative Literature Ph.D. program after completing the requirements for the M.A. degree.

In applying for the Ph.D., you submit a brief letter of application indicating your prospective program of study, along with a letter from your mentor or prospective research advisor supporting your admission.

Admission to the Ph.D. program is by no means automatic, with internal applications evaluated on the same basis as external applications.

Students should take no more than 35 hours of graduate course work (excluding C805 credit) without first completing the M.A. degree. If you exceed these credit hours before being admitted to the Ph.D. program, the department will determine which credit hours beyond 35 (if any) will count toward the Ph.D. degree requirements.

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