Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Admissions Overview

Undergraduate Prerequisites

Although applicants do not need to have majored in English, thorough preparation will make success in graduate study much more likely. Ideally, applicants should have completed 30 semester hours of undergraduate English, including courses in both early and modern British literature, American literature, and literary theory. Students lacking certain prerequisites may be admitted conditionally to the MA or PhD program and may be required to take specific undergraduate courses in the initial phase of their graduate work. Those courses are specified on the notice of provisional admission.


Admission Requirements

A student with a strong undergraduate record may be admitted to the PhD program directly after completing the BA. Those who apply to the PhD program with the MA already completed will receive credit for previous coursework with the approval of the Graduate School. The graduate programs in English normally admit only for the fall semester.

Please consult the general regulations of the Graduate School, which govern all applications to the graduate programs of the Department of English.


Application Procedures

Advice to ApplicantsAn applicant for the MA or PhD program must support the application with a statement of purpose, transcripts of previous academic work, a writing sample, GRE scores (the General Test), and three letters of recommendation. A grade average of "B" or better in undergraduate coursework is required. For more information about MA and PhD programs, please complete the graduate programs information request form.

Applications are due by January 15 in order to be considered for funding; otherwise, the deadline is June 1. 

For information on the GRE exam, please visit http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/know/.


Degree Financing

Each year, the department offers a number of graduate assistantships to new and continuing doctoral students. Assistantships cover the full cost of tuition and pay a stipend (currently $18,000) as well. Students are eligible for up to five years of funding through the program. Further support for doctoral study in the sixth year is available in the form of university teaching fellowships and Schmitt Dissertation Fellowships. Students admitted to the PhD program are generally fully funded because as part of their degree, they will be teaching courses and serving as teaching and research assistants. Funding includes a nine-month stipend, a full tuition scholarship for all required courses, and healthcare. 

  • Loyola's graduate assistantship program differs in significant ways from similar programs at many other universities, particularly in terms of the duties students perform as part of their assistantships.

No University funding is currently available for MA students. Our MA program is unfunded, which is one reason that the MA in English is a one-year, 24-hour degree program. We occasionally have a few small tuition scholarships to give out based on merit. Once you are here there are opportunities to apply for research assistantships or teaching internships that pay a small stipend, and for jobs on and off campus.

Further financial support is available to qualified students in the form of student loans. Such aid, unlike the support offered by the English department, is need based. Please visit Graduate_Guide_Web_0410.pdf for more information.