English Graduate Studies

Applying to the PhD Program

Deadline: January 15 (Fall admittance only)

Please submit all supporting documents to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Applications should include:

  • an application form and fee (via the Office of Research and Graduate Studies);
  • statement of interest;
  • official transcripts for all post-high school academic work;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • official GRE scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing); and
  • one 15-20 page writing sample.  Please DO NOT send in samples in excess of 30 pages.

Prospective students wishing to apply can access this application by visiting https://gradadmission.smu.edu/apply/

All documents, including the writing sample, should be submitted directly to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275-0240.  To check the status of your application, please call (214) 768-4345 or e-mail smugrad@smu.edu

International Students

International students interested in applying to our graduate programs are required to have their foreign transcripts evaluated into comparable United States standards.  World Education Services is a service program accepted by SMU, which will evaluate foreign transcripts at a nominal fee payable by the applicant.  International students holding a degree from a U.S. degree-granting institution may be able to waive this requirement.  Please contact the Director of English Graduate Studies to discuss this matter further.