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Each one of our programs has a unique application process. Click on your program of interest and learn more about how to apply.

The English Department Graduate Office will close for the winter holiday at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20. We will return at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 3. During the holiday, there will be no processing of application materials and no updates to Wolverine Access accounts. After we reopen, there will be a delay in procession application materials. Thank you for your patience during that time.

Fee Waivers

The Rackham Graduate School provides fee waivers for eligible MFA and PhD applicants, please review their webpage: Application Fee and Payment.

The English Department is currently out of fee waivers for our PhD program applicants.

The English Department does not provide fee waivers for our Helen Zell Writer's Program applicants.


PhD in English Language and Literature: December 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm  (please note: the department is closed over the weekend, December 8 & 9, therefore, your last minute questions and comments may not be addressed before the deadline.)

PhD in English and Education: December 30, 2018 (please note: the department is closed over the holiday break, December 23 - January 1)

PhD in English and Women's Studies: December 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm

Helen Zell Writers' Program (MFA): December 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm (please note: the deadline is a Saturday, the department is closed over the weekend and will not be able to answer last minute questions.)


Decisions will not be made until the end of February/beginning of March.