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The Fall 2020 application has closed. The Comparative Literary Studies PhD Program will be accepting applications for Fall 2021 starting in October 2020. Please reach out to if you have any questions.

Application deadline for Fall 2020 matriculation:

How to Apply

The Graduate School (TGS) only accepts online applications. To apply for the Comparative Literary Studies (CLS) PhD Program, you will submit your application via the online application portal, CollegeNet

Before beginning the online application, please refer to The Graduate School Admission website which has important information about applying. 

In addition to TGS requirements, please see below for application requirements specific to the CLS PhD program.

required Application materials

*Please note that CLS does not require GRE scores as part of the application.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Clusters Initiativethe CLS program welcomes and encourages applicants to indicate interest in the Interdisciplinary Clusters Initiative offered by TGS. Applicants can indicate interest in affiliating with a specific cluster or apply to become a Mellon Cluster Fellow, which has additional benefits. This initiative is not a requirement of the application. Learn more!

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Peters:
(847) 491-3864 or or 

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