Admissions - PhD Literature

Application period for the PhD in Literature and MA Creative Writing programs for Fall 2018 is closed.


Application Requirements for the PhD program in Literature

Applications are reviewed once all supporting materials have been received. For more information about your application status, please check online or contact the graduate program staff.

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  • Statement of Purpose, and the Personal History and Diversity Statement - guidelines can be found here
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation - only online submissions via GARD will be accepted
  • UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended - instructions can be found here
  • Application Fee: $105 domestic, $125 international
  • 1-2 research or term papers written for English courses. The total should not exceed 30 pages excluding images and bibliography
  • GRE scores from the General Test taken within the last 5 years
  • Please use the following codes to ensure your GRE scores are sent to the correct  location: Institution Code: 4834  Department Code: 2504 
  • Although there is no required minimum GRE score for applications, most of our successful applicants have verbal and analytic GRE scores in the upper 90th percentiles. However, an outstanding writing sample and overall strong application do in some cases lead us to overlook GRE scores that do not reflect the quality of the application as a whole.

Prospective students may also submit a Fellowship Application after applying to the program. 

All Applicants: Please review the UC Davis Graduate Studies Admissions & Application page in addition to the program requirements listed above.

International Applicants: Please review the following application information from the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies. 


Questions? Contact Us


Aaron Barstow

Department of English
PhD Program in Literature
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8581
(530) 752-2738


Aaron Barstow

Department of English
MA Program in Creative Writing
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8581
(530) 752-2281