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How to research graduate programs

NYU's portal to English department homepages nationwide and beyond

U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools (basic information is free, detailed information available for a small fee)

How to apply for graduate school in English

The SIUE English department's "Pursuing a Graduate Career in English" contains a very helpful overview of the steps to take to apply to graduate programs in English.

Writing the application essay

Guides to purchase or check out from a library:
Graduate Admissions Essays: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why by Donald Asher (Ten Speed Press, 1991)

How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School by Richard Stelzer (Princeton, NJ: Peterson's Guides, 1989) (some highlights from which are incorporated into the Purdue's handout below)

From Purdue's Online Writing Center (OWL)

RPI's Writing Center handout

"Writing the Graduate School Application", from Dartmouth's Writing Program

Professional organizations in English

The Association for Departments of English (which provides facts and figures, reports, commentary on trends, etc. for college and university faculty and staff.

The Modern Language Association. The foremost professional organization in English studies, the MLA also publishes, four times a year, the most important job guide for people seeking academic English positions. (You can usually find the latest edition of this guide in the SIUE English Department office.) The largest and most important issue of the MLA Job List is the October edition, which comes out in late August or early September; if you are a PhD-seeking graduate student in English, the importance of this document cannot be overstated.

URL: http://www.siue.edu/ENGLISH/Resources/career_gradschool.html
Published by: Department of English Language and Literature
Last Update: 3 May 2008 by English Web Manager