FAQs

How do I apply to a graduate program at UCLA?

Please visit our application instructions. 

Do I need to know a foreign language before I apply?

Yes, you should have a high level of proficiency in at least one foreign language before applying for our graduate program. You will be expected to possess the equivalent knowledge of a student who has earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature.  

How do I demonstrate language proficiency?

Upon matriculation, proficiency in one language must be certified by completing two or more upper division and/or graduate courses, taken for a letter grade in the appropriate language department. These courses have prerequisites of at least a level 6 language proficiency as demonstrated at UCLA (equivalent to two years of language) or through a university placement exam. In rare cases where sufficient courses are not available to meet this requirement, students may substitute a translation examination administered by a departmental faculty member in lieu of course work. In such cases, the Director of Graduate Studies, or the chair of the department must approve this action and write a memorandum of support. 

How many students apply and how many are admitted?

Out of approximately 60-80 applicants, eight are admitted.

When is the graduate admission application deadline?

The deadline to submit an application for graduate admission is December 1st. 

When are graduate admissions decisions announced?

Graduate admissions decisions are usually rendered in February. 

What is the expected range for the grade point average?

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent, if the letter grade system is not used) in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units of undergraduate study and in any post-baccalaureate study is required for admission to a UCLA graduate program. Applicants to the Comparative Literature Ph.D. program are expected to have earned a bachelor’s degree in literature, ancient or modern, with a grade point average of at least 3.4 in upper division literature courses. 

What is the minimum acceptable GRE score?

While we do not have a minimum acceptable GRE score, we highly encourage you to do as well as possible on the GRE. GRE scores are considered when applications are reviewed.  

What is your department code for the GRE?

GRE Codes UCLA institution code (R4837). Comparative Literature department code (2699).  

Is the TOEFL required for international students?

Yes, all international students who studied at a university where English was not the primary language of communication must take the TOEFL.  

Will the TOEFL score be accepted if it was taken more than two years ago?

No, the TOEFL score is considered valid for only two years. The scores must be valid at the time the application is submitted. If the examination was taken multiple times, only the most recent score is considered.

Is there a minimum acceptable TOEFL score?

Yes, UCLA Graduate Division has set the minimum acceptable TOEFL score at 87. 

What is your department code for the TOEFL?

TOEFL Codes UCLA institution code (4837). Comparative Literature department code (28).  

How long should the statement of purpose be?

No longer than 2-4 double-spaced pages.

How long should the writing sample be?

Strongly recommended to be no more than 15 pages total.

What kind of funding can I expect as a graduate student?

Funding packages will vary for each graduate student. Typically, our department offers fellowships and teaching assistant appointments, and we accept only as many students as we can fund.  

Do I need an M.A. degree first before applying for the Ph.D. program?

Students are not required to have an M.A before applying to the Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature. For students entering with an M.A. degree, the graduate advisor may agree to waive some of the normal course requirements. 

Does the department have a terminal M.A.-only program?

No, our department does not offer a terminal M.A. 

What type of funding is available?

More information about funding can be found under our funding support section. 

How can I contact professors/faculty in the department?

Faculty contact can be found in the People section of our website. 

Who may I contact regarding more information?

For technical help with the online application system, please contact the Graduate Division via email at onlineapphelp@grad.ucla.edu. For questions regarding the Ph.D. program requirements, please consult the Graduate Division’s Graduate Education page at https://grad.ucla.edu/programs/humanities/comparative-literature/#program-requirements. You may also contact the Department’s Student Affairs Officer, Jessika Herrera, via email at jherrera@humnet.ucla.edu.