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How to Apply

Application to the graduate program in English at Case Western Reserve University is initiated online through the School of Graduate Studies here.

We accept applications for the fall semester only. If you have any questions about the application process or the graduate program in English, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Kurt Koenigsberger, directly by email.

Application checklist:

Submit online to the School of Graduate Studies:

• A complete School of Graduate Studies application
• Statement of Scholarly Purpose (PDF format, please) (NB: the Department does not require a separate personal statement – applicants can disregard that request on the electronic application)
• Writing Sample (PDF format, please; 15-20 pp. analytic paper)
• Three letters of recommendation (if recommenders submit electronically, the preferred method)
• University application fee
• GRE scores (report General Scores to the university, not to the English department)
• Transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Unofficial copies may be uploaded to Hobson’s. (Official copies are not necessary until acceptance.)
• Three letters of recommendation (electronic submission to Graduate School preferred – see above; otherwise, should be sent in signed, sealed envelopes by recommenders)

Please note: We do not require the GRE Subject Test in English, though we welcome the evidence of comprehensive preparation in the field that strong scores attest.

Please send any hard-copy transcripts or letters to:
Kurt Koenigsberger, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English, Case Western Reserve University
106B Guilford House
11112 Bellflower Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7117

International Applicants

International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores with their application. TOEFL scores are good for a maximum of two years, after which the applicant must provide fresh scores. The University’s minimum TOEFL is 90; the English Department expects fluency in the award of Graduate Assistantships.

Application Review

Complete applications are read by the English faculty’s Graduate Admissions Committee. Multiple members of the committee read and evaluate each file. Applications receiving positive initial evaluations are read in turn by the full Graduate Admissions Committee and considered for Graduate Assistantship funding.
Reviews of application files are confidential and are not shared with applicants. Faculty who serve on the Admissions Committee receive no additional compensation for their work.


Applications should be received on or before January 15. Applications received after the deadline cannot be guaranteed full consideration.
Admitted applicants will be notified no later than mid-March and informed of their status as either fully funded or waitlisted for funding by the Director of Graduate Studies.

For more information

Kurt Koenigsberger, Director of Graduate Studies

Questions about the online application system and application fees should be directed to the School of Graduate Studies.

Page last modified: November 21, 2014