We welcome your application and hope you can join the Comp Lit community!
PhD Applicants: Previous graduate scholarship record from MA program of 3.3 or better (based on a 4.0 system).
Master's Applicants: A grade-point average above 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system).
December 15: All PhD applicants and MA applicants wishing to receive financial aid consideration (including teaching assistantships, the Schomburg Fellowship and university financial aid)
June 1: All MA applications submitted after January 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis through June 1 preceding fall matriculation.
Please note: The UB Department of Comparative Literature will admit for spring enrollment.
Students who wish to pursue a PhD or MA in Comparative Literature must submit an online application:
GRE scores will be waived through Fall 2023 admission
The following supporting materials must be included as part of the online application. Please read the instructions on the online application for further details. Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed until you have submitted:
UB requires international applicants to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. In addition to the above application materials, international applicants must also submit the following before the application can be reviewed:
Additional information required for international applicants:
Financial assistance in the form of teaching assistantships is available. Our funds are limited and are awarded on a competitive basis. Awards for September enrollment are usually made in the preceding month of February.
In order to be eligible for the Schomburg Fellowship, you need to be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.
If you would like to be considered for a Schomburg Fellowship, please upload a written statement to your online application (maximum of 500 words) describing how you will contribute to the diversity of the student body in your graduate or professional degree program, including by having overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.
Please note that such categorical circumstances may include academic, vocational, social, physical or economic impediments or disadvantaged status that students, as evidenced by their performance as undergraduates, have been able to overcome, or other characteristics that constitute categorical underrepresentation in their particular graduate program such as gender or racial/ethnic status.
The graduate application fee is $75 U.S. (payable online or by check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo). After you formally submit your application, you will receive an email with additional instructions for submitting your payment. Currently, UB accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
The Undergraduate Major (45 credits; varies)
All Comparative Literature Majors are self-designed and must be approved by the College of Arts and Sciences Special Major Advisor, as well as by two faculty advisors from the COL Department. If you are interested in designing a Comparative Literature Special Major, please consult the COL Director of Undergraduate Studies.
The above information is provided as a guide only. Requirements may vary. Please see the Department Director of Undergraduate Studies, or your advisor for information tailored to your situation.
Information on how to apply for a Special Major: http://casadvising.buffalo.edu/majors/special_majors.html
University at Buffalo Undergraduate Admissions: https://admissions.buffalo.edu/
Ewa Ziarek, Director of Undergraduate Studies