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What will I learn?

Graduate seminars are offered on a variety of subjects and time periods each semester. Special strengths include medieval and early modern studies, 19th century studies, and contemporary literatures. Students and faculty work closely together in the classroom as well as outside, especially through the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, the 19th century studies seminar, the Wang Visiting Scholars series, and special events.

The program offers a comprehensive training in critical theory as well as literary and cultural studies, exposing students to a diversity of texts within a global and transnational context. A large faculty serves a small student body to allow for close interaction and mentoring at every stage of graduate study. Our graduate students have access to extraordinary research archives, such as the Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress, National Archives and libraries connected to the many museums in Washington, D.C.

Which department am I in?

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Four to five years)

Tuition fees
US$32,850.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

29 August 2022

Venue

George Washington University

1918 F Street, NW,

WASHINGTON,

District Of Columbia,

20052, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission, applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants who have earned their degrees outside of the US must hold degrees from institutions in compliance with their national standards.

For international students

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants who have earned their degrees outside of the US must hold degrees from institutions in compliance with their national standards.

English Language Requirements:

Minimum scores for the Ph.D. program are:

Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
PTE Academic: 68

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About George Washington University

With a history dating back to 1821, the university is internationally-recognized and ranked among the world’s top 200 universities.

  • Home to over 27,000 students from over 130 countries
  • Excellent graduate employment & outcomes
  • Offers students 12,000 internship opportunities
  • An extensive global alumni network of 290,000