The Graduate School at Northwestern University only accepts online applications.

Before beginning the online application, please refer to The Graduate School Admission website which has important information about applying. Also, please read the information below as it pertains to the Comparative Literary Studies Program application.

Specify Comparative Literary Studies (0416) as the field of graduate work in the online application.

Program Application Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Documents Needed

  1. Three letters of recommendation
  2. Transcripts of all course work
  3. A writing sample between 15-25 pages in length
  4. Resume/CV
  5. A statement of purpose (1-2 pages)* 

Any other supplemental materials must be submitted with the application. Scanned transcripts should be uploaded with application. Official transcripts are only necessary if admitted. 

*The Statement of Purpose: MUST indicate, next to the student's name, the "home department" with which the student would expect to be affiliated. All students admitted to the Comp Lit program are affiliated with a "home department." Possible home departments list. 
If interested in more than one home department, please list in order of preference.

The statement of purpose should indicate:

1) the primary motivations for your graduate work, and
2) the rationale for your choice of Northwestern as a place of study.

For more information on the statement of purpose visit the TGS admissions guidelines for application materials.

Please note that Comp Lit does not require GRE scores as part of the application.

If you have questions, please contact the Program in Comparative Literary Studies:
(847) 491-3864 or 

Program in Comparative Literary Studies 

5-538 Kresge Hall
, 1880 Campus Drive 
Northwestern University

Evanston, IL 60208

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