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Graduate Admissions

The Program in Comparative & World Literature offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy and is designed to provide a systematic study of subjects and problems common to several literatures. Its purpose is to enable students who have varied linguistic competence and preparation to explore the theory of literature and criticism; the interrelations of several literatures; the main currents, periods, and movements in literary history; the development of literary themes and types; and the relations between literature and the other arts. The graduate program provides rigorous training in multiple languages and literatures, comparative cultural methods, and critical theory. 

Learn More about our Graduate Program

All new graduate students are admitted to the Program at the M.A. level, regardless of previous undergraduate or graduate degrees. It is assumed that they will be going on to the Ph.D. upon the satisfactory completion of an M.A. in Comparative Literature from UIUC or of the M.A. equivalent examinations. Please see the Graduate Handbook for details.

If you would like to apply to the University of Illinois, it's easy to apply online, and the Graduate College has helpful information on the application process, as well as campus life and resources.  For admission information, please contact:

School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics (SLCL)
Graduate Student Services
3070 Foreign Languages Building
707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana

or contact Student Services by email, or peruse their helpful Student Services website.

The deadline for applications is January 1.