Prospective Graduate Student

Frequently Asked Questions

More information can be found on The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) Admissions and English Graduate Program websites.

Do you accept students in both the fall and spring semesters?


Applicants interested in funded positions--including all Ph.D. positions and funded M.A. positions--must apply by the January deadline for Fall admission. 

Applicants to the M.A. program who do not wish to be considered for financial aid may apply for Spring or Fall admission. For Fall admission, the submission deadline without financial aid consideration is in April.

Please see the GSAS Admissions or the English Graduate Program for exact dates. 

Do I need an M.A. to apply for the Ph.D. in English at Fordham?

An M.A. in English is required for acceptance into the English Doctoral program at Fordham.

Are all Ph.D. students fully funded? What about M.A. students?

Yes, all Ph.D. students receive a full funding package for up to five years of doctoral study. After the fifth year, Ph.D. students are eligible to apply for a number of distinguished fellowships and for a teaching associate position. A limited number of funded positions are available for the two-year M.A. program.

Can you tell me more about the funding package?

The funding package includes a tuition waiver and a stipend of $21,800 per year (as of 2012). Stipends for doctoral students who are awarded one of the university’s Prestigious Fellowships range from $25,000 to $28,000. Summer research support, dissertation-year fellowships and research assistantships are also available on a competitive basis. For the first two years of their funding, doctoral students work as Graduate Assistants and begin pedagogical training. After that period, doctoral students work as Teaching Fellows for up to three years and are funded for in their fifth year as students for the summer.

Can I study part-time?

Students receiving funding (all Ph.D. students and some M.A. students) must study full-time. Unfunded M.A. students may study part-time.

When should I take the GRE?

Take the GRE exam at least one month prior to the application deadline to ensure timely receipt of scores by GSAS Admissions. Our GRE school code is 2259.

What are the average GRE scores of admitted graduate students in English?

The verbal score range for the entering 2008-2010 cohort was 570-680. For relationships between 800-point scores and current 170-point scores, see ETS's GRE concordance table. For more information on selectivity, see GSAS Admissions.

What kind of writing sample and personal statement should I submit? What other materials are required for the application?

For information on the writing sample and statement of intent, see the Application and Admission Requirements page.

What is the placement record for graduates of Fordham's Ph.D. program over the last five years?

Fordham implements a rigorous job market preparation program, and the results can be seen in our placement record. Please see the English Ph.D. Placement page for details.