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Applying to the Graduate program

Please note that all application materials must be received before any action can be taken on an applicant's request for admission or financial aid.

 If you have trouble with the system, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts Degree

  • All applicants, please use this online application. 
  • Official transcript(s) recording all baccalaureate work, along with degree, from an accredited undergraduate college or university. If you are currently taking classes, please submit your transcript once grades have been posted.
  • A 3.0 grade average, based on a four point scale, in the final two years of undergraduate work is normally required.
  • An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on the verbal, quantitative and analytic sections on the Graduate Record Examination. (Duquesne University Code: 2196, Department Code: 2501)
  • Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic studies or, in some cases, work experience.  (Note:  The department does not contact recommenders. Letters should be submitted through the University's online system.)
  • A brief (1-2 page) statement of the applicant’s purpose in seeking the Master of Arts degree.
  • A sample of the applicant’s academic writing (normally a critical paper written for an English course, 10-20 pages).
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on TOEFL examination (applicable to international students only).

Deadlines for Admission to the M.A. program are:

  • January 15th for Fall admission and fellowship consideration.
  • July 1st for Fall admission and students not pursuing a fellowship opportunity. Students may apply for federal financial aid.
  • October 15th for Spring admission and students not pursuing a fellowship opportunity. Students may apply for federal financial aid.

 Doctor of Philosophy Degree

  • Complete Liberal Arts online application.
  • A Master's degree from an accredited University.
  • Official transcript(s) recording all baccalaureate and graduate work. A 3.0 grade average, based on a four point scale, in graduate level work is normally required. Students having an undergraduate major or a Master of Arts degree in a field other than English are normally required to take several preliminary graduate courses before acceptance into the program. If you are currently taking classes, please submit your transcript once grades have been posted.
  • An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on the verbal, quantitative and analytic sections of the Graduate Record Examination. (Duquesne University Code: 2196, Department Code: 2501)
  • Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic studies or, in some cases, work experience.  (Note: The department does not contact recommenders. Letters should be submitted through the University's online system.)
  • A brief (1-2 page) statement of the applicant’s purpose in seeking the Ph.D. degree.
  • A sample of the applicant’s academic writing (a critical paper, 10-20 pages, from a graduate course or a chapter from a Master of Arts thesis).
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on TOEFL examination (applicable to international students only).

The deadline for admission to the Ph.D. program is January 15th. All parts of the application must be received by that date.