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Application deadline for Fall 2024 matriculation:

How to Apply

The Graduate School (TGS) only accepts online applications. To apply for the Comparative Literary Studies (CLS) PhD Program, you will submit your application via the online application portal, CollegeNet

Before beginning the online application, please refer to The Graduate School Admission website which has important information about applying. 

In addition to TGS requirements, please see below for application requirements specific to the CLS PhD program.

required Application materials

*Please note that CLS does not require GRE scores as part of the application.  The online application portal will give you the option of submitting GRE scores, but these are NOT required.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Clusters Initiativethe CLS program welcomes and encourages applicants to indicate interest in the Interdisciplinary Clusters Initiative offered by TGS. Applicants can indicate interest in affiliating with a specific cluster or apply to become a Mellon Cluster Fellow, which has additional benefits. This initiative is not a requirement of the application. Learn more!

Application Fee Waivers
For more information please contact Phil Hoskins,

If you have any questions about the graduate application process that cannot be answered by consulting the Comparative Literary Studies program website or The Graduate School's Admissions website, please email the CLS Program Coordinator, Phil Hoskins, at