All first-year students are admitted to the M.A. Program, regardless of previous undergraduate or graduate degrees.
The entering student should have an undergraduate major in Comparative Literature, English, Classics, or a foreign language. Majors in history, philosophy, or other humanistic areas who also present suitable linguistic and literary competence to pursue graduate study in Comparative and World Literature may also be granted admission by the Admissions Committee. Admission is highly competitive and depends on a number of factors: undergraduate or prior graduate study and grades in literary and humanistic fields; academic achievements and honors; scores on standardized examinations (GRE, TOEFL); letters of recommendation; statement of purpose; writing ability (a writing sample is required). The admitted student is expected to maintain a GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) in order to be considered for admission to the Ph.D. Program. Each student’s academic standing and performance in the classroom (both as students and, where relevant, as teaching assistants) are reviewed regularly by the faculty.