Evidence of rigorous and original work as an undergraduate or master’s student and a considered statement of purpose are as important for admission to USC’s PhD program in English as high grades and GRE scores. You are encouraged to make yourself familiar with the program and faculty resources in USC English and to address your fit with our program in a two- to three-page statement of purpose. Since teaching may be part of the support package you are offered, you should also include a one- or two-page declaration of your interest in teaching writing. Your philosophy of writing and your experience as a student or as a teacher of writing can be part of this statement. Two writing samples of five to ten pages each should give a sense of your range of interests and critical strategies. To round out you’re application you should solicit three letters of recommendation, of which at least two should come from professors who have taught you in English courses or courses in closely related fields. A one-page resumé, transcripts of your undergraduate work (and graduate work if you have done any), and official reports of your GRE scores should complete your application.
When to Apply?
Admission to the program is possible only in the fall semester. Applications are due January 1 for the following fall. Applicants from under-represented groups who wish to be considered for an All-University Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship should be certain that their applications are fully complete by December 1. For more information on Diversity Fellowships, see http://www.usc.edu/dept/GRADSCHL/Grad_Sch_Fellowships.html