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Graduate Admissions

The M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Comparative Literature offer a program of the study that provides rigorous competence in multiple languages and literatures, comparative cultural methods, and critical theory. Our students come from all over the world to study a variety of different languages and literatures – from Arabic, Ancient Greek, Basque, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Sanskrit, and Portuguese, to Yiddish and Wolof – and focus on a variety of intellectual areas, including: classical and Medieval literature, film, queer studies, detective fiction, diasporic and exilic literatures, comics and graphic novels, autobiography, and the novel.

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.