Thank you for your interest in our Ph.D. program. 

The Berkeley English Department offers a wide-ranging Ph.D. program, engaging with all historical periods of British and American literature, Anglophone literature, and critical and cultural theory. The program aims to assure that students gain a broad knowledge of literature in English as well as the highly-developed skills in scholarship and criticism necessary to do solid and innovative work in their chosen specialized fields.

The application deadline is December 15, 2023, 8:59pm PST.

N.B.: the GRE General Test and Subject Test in English are no longer required to apply to our program. For general information about applying to U.C. Berkeley graduate programs, see the Graduate Division’s admissions page (where you will also find a link to the application).

For further information about English Department admissions, please contact us at