Preparing for English Graduate Studies

The transition from undergraduate to graduate study presents many challenges and requires careful planning and substantial time and effort. This site is designed to direct you to some resources that may help you with this complex but rewarding decision process. The most important investigations you will perform, however, will be through conversations with faculty, with current and former graduate students, and with others who serve as your advisers and mentors.


Autumn Event:

Applying to Graduate School in English, Creative Writing, Cinema Studies, and Comparative Literature

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
3:30 - 5:20pm
Location: Thomson Hall (THO), room 135
All are welcome
Please join our Director of Graduate English Studies, Professor Carolyn Allen, Director of Cinema Studies, Professor Jennifer Bean, and Director of Creative Writing Professor Andrew Feld for a valuable information session on the processes of preparing for graduate study and putting together successful applications for admission to M.A./Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs. Find out why people pursue graduate study in these fields, what graduate students actually learn, how they learn it, and what they do after degree completion. Learn all about how to prepare for grad level study in our disciplines and how to put together an application that will get the attention of faculty on graduate admissions committees. Come with all your questions!


Alexander Catchings, UW BA in English with Honors 2013, pursuing a PhD in English at U.C. Berkeley beginning in autumn 2013 with the U.C. Berkeley Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship.

Other Resources


Notes from the annual English Department Graduate School Information Session (PDF)