How to Apply

Domestic Applicants (US citizens and current US residents)

  • Complete the online application form:
    • The online application form will be open by mid-October 2022.
    • Please be sure to indicate that you are applying for the Fall 2023 term.
    • The application fee for both domestic and international graduate applications is $75 per application.
  • Required Writing Sample:  5-10 pages of your own writing, not from a group effort.
  • Official transcripts for all college-level institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate study). All transcripts must be uploaded onto the application website. Include translations if applicable. Copies of transcripts are acceptable initially, but official transcripts are required upon admission. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Referees must submit their recommendations electronically. Instructions are included with the online application.
  • Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted by January 15th.

International Applicants

  • All of the above plus:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores, or Duolingo English Test. Submit to the University of Pittsburgh School Code 2927. The minimum TOEFL score of 90 (with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading and writing), the required minimum IELTS of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections, or the Duolingo English Test score minimum is 110 or higher.
  • Application fee - $75
  • Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted by January 15th.
  • Upon admission you must take an English Proficiency test, you will be sent the instructions from the Graduate Administrator a month before the term starts to enroll in the test.  You will not be able to register for courses until you complete this testing.  It is highly advised that you take any English courses that are recommended after taking the English Proficiency test, but not required.

Specific questions about the application procedure should be directed to the departmental Graduate Administrator, Veronica Lee at

Upon acceptance, official electronic transcript(s) and documents with evidence of degree(s) may be emailed to:


Fee Waivers

In an effort to reduce financial barriers to attending graduate school, the Kenneth P. Dietrich Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers application fee waivers. Please note that fee waivers are approved on a case-by-case basis and not all fee waiver requests will be granted.  All requests received will be reviewed and responded to within 48 hours during normal business hours: Monday - Friday 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. EST.  To be considered for a fee waiver, Please complete the following fee waiver survey for review: