Applicants for admission to the PhD program in English are required to take the general test and the written test of the Graduate Record Examination. Each applicant must submit a sample of his or her critical writing (normally an essay of some 20 pages written for a course, or a portion of a master's thesis) and must normally have a GPA of 3.5 or better for his or her master's courses or equivalent graduate work. While new applications to our graduate programs will continue to be read until admissions decisions have been made, the application deadline for best consideration for all funding opportunities is December 1.