Program in Comparative Literature

Apply with a BA

** Please note that the Program does not admit terminal MA candidates except in rare circumstances. Applicants are expected to complete their Ph.D. Please email the Graduate Coordinator if you have any questions.**

The deadline for applications for admission for Fall 2020 is December 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST.


How to Apply

1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.

2. Pay the application fee. After completing your application and paying the application fee, you will receive an email with an EID (electronic ID) and temporary password. This EID and temporary password will allow you to log into the Application Status Check website and upload additional required application materials, which are listed below.

3. Upload the following required application materials. Please note that your application will not be considered for admission until you upload these materials.

  • The Program in Comparative Literature Application Cover Sheet
  • Writing sample in the form of a critical essay of 10-15 pages demonstrating the ability to perform literary analysis. The essay should reveal the applicant's skill at explicating a text in a manner that shows a sophisticated appreciation of its formal attributes, figurative language, and historical context. If your writing sample is in a language other than English, please submit an English version as well.
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose that outlines your education history, specific areas of interest, and professional goals.
  • Statement of teaching experience which indicates any prior teaching experience and abilities, and qualifications for specific teaching positions that you might have. If appropriate, please include the location and dates of residency abroad.
  • 3 letters of recommendation that address your academic achievement and potential for graduate study. You will not upload the letters yourself; instead, you will input the emails of your recommenders so that the university may contact them with instructions for submitting their letters.
  • Transcripts from your institutions of higher education. Official copies are preferred, but you may upload a photocopy of the transcript in case your official transcript scores are delayed. 
  • General GRE score less than five years old sent to the University of Texas at Austin, code # 6882. Scores can take 2-6 weeks to be processed and added to your application.
  • International applicants must also submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores unless you are from a country where English is the official language, or your bachelor's degree is from a U.S. institution or an institution where English is the official language. Read more about international applicant requirements here.>>

Additional Information

Please visit the FAQ page, the Graduate School website, or email the Graduate Coordinator for more information about application and admissions requirements.