How to Apply

Applicants for both the M.A. and the Ph.D. should submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Applicant’s statement of purpose, detailing the applicant’s literary background and linguistic preparation and outlining the applicant’s scholarly goals
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • At least three letters of recommendation, preferably from academic institutions
  • Official score reports from the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (required) and Subject Achievement Test (recommended but not required)
  • A sample of original scholarly work (such as an honors project, Master’s thesis, or term paper) of approximately 15-25 pages
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for all international applicants: required for all applicants whose native language is not English


International applicants

We encourage international students to visit IU’s International Services website to learn more about admission requirements, find support, and learn more about life in the U.S.

Visit the International Services website