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Applying to the Graduate program

Please note that all application materials must be received before any action can be taken on an applicant’s request for admission or financial aid.

  • All graduate programs require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), official transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, a statement of goals or a personal essay, and a writing sample.
  • We will accept your supporting application materials through Interfolio at www.interfolio.com (THIS IS THE PREFERRED METHOD OF DELIVERY).  All materials should be sent through Interfolio directly to Linda Rendulic in the Graduate Office (rendulic@duq.edu).

 

If you have trouble with the interfolio system, you can also mail materials to this address:

    Graduate Office
    c/o Linda Rendulic
    McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts
    215 College Hall
    600 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15282

    (412)396-6400

      Admission Requirements

      Master of Arts Degree

       

      • Complete Liberal Arts online application
      • An application addendum (submit electronically or  print and mail). THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS THE APPLICATION, YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH.
      • Official transcript(s) recording all baccalaureate work, along with degree, from an accredited undergraduate college or university. If you are currently taking classes, please submit your transcript once grades have been posted for Fall 2012 courses.
      • A 3.0 grade average, based on a four point scale, in the final two years of undergraduate work is normally required.
      • An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on the verbal, quantitative and analytic sections on the Graduate Record Examination. (Duquesne University Code: 2196, Department Code: 2501)
      • Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic studies or, in some cases, work experience.  (Note:  The department does not contact recommenders.  Letters should be submitted directly to the Graduate School at the address above or through Interfolio.  The cover sheet can be accessed here.)
      • A brief (1-2 page) statement of the applicant’s purpose in seeking the Master of Arts degree.
      • A sample of the applicant’s academic writing (normally a critical paper written for an English course, 10-20 pages).
      • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
      • An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on TOEFL examination (applicable to international students only).

      Deadlines for Admission to the M.A. program are:

      • January 15th for Fall admission with financial aid and fellowship consideration
      • July 1st for Fall admission without financial aid consideration
      • October 15th for Spring admission without financial aid consideration

       

      Doctor of Philosophy Degree

      • Complete Liberal Arts online application
      • An application addendum (submit electronically or print and mail). THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS THE APPLICATION, YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH.
      • A Master's degree from an accredited University.
      • Official transcript(s) recording all baccalaureate and graduate work. A 3.0 grade average, based on a four point scale, in graduate level work is normally required. Students having an undergraduate major or a Master of Arts degree in a field other than English are normally required to take several preliminary graduate courses before acceptance into the program. If you are currently taking classes, please submit your transcript once grades have been posted for Fall 2012 courses.
      • An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on the verbal, quantitative and analytic sections of the Graduate Record Examination. (Duquesne University Code: 2196, Department Code: 2501)
      • Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic studies or, in some cases, work experience.  (Note: The department does not contact recommenders. Letters should be submitted directly to the Graduate School at the address above or through Interfolio.  The cover sheet can be accessed here.)
      • A brief (1-2 page) statement of the applicant’s purpose in seeking the Ph.D. degree.
      • A sample of the applicant’s academic writing (a critical paper, 10-20 pages, from a graduate course or a chapter from a Master of Arts thesis).
      • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
      • An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on TOEFL examination (applicable to international students only).

      The deadline for admission to the Ph.D. program is January 15th. All parts of the application must be received by that date.