preparation 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.

Topics

Why go to graduate school?

Preparing as an undergraduate

Engaging in undergraduate research

Choosing a graduate program

The application process

Writing the statement of purpose

Securing letters of recommendation



Autumn Events:


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

Friday, October 24th, 2014
3:30 - 5:20pm
Thomson Hall, room 125
All are welcome
Please join our Director of Graduate English Studies, Professor Juan Guerra, Chair of Comparative Literature, Professor Miceal Vaughan, 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!

Writing the Statement of Purpose

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
3:30 - 5:00pm
Communications, room 228
All are welcome
Just two weeks after our general information session on applying to graduate school, we will have an information session on the graduate school statements of purpose. We will look at samples of successful and not so successful statements of purpose. We will discuss what makes a strong statement, so that you can leave that day ready to write a draft, or with greater understanding of how to improve the draft you may have already started.



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

English Honors Program

English Undergraduate Research

UW McNair Program

UW Career Center's guide to applying to graduate school

The UW Graduate School

Graduate degrees offered by the UW


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

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