• Application Deadline
  • 72 months
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  • 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.
  • Students interested in combining a Ph.D. in English with studies in another discipline may pursue designated emphases programs in Film Studies, Medieval Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality.
  • The general goal of the first two years of the program is to assure that the student has a broad and varied knowledge of the fields of British and American literature in their historical dimensions, and is also familiar with a wide range of literary forms, critical approaches, and scholarly methods. A coherent demonstration of this knowledge is the aim of the course and breadth requirements and of the system of regular advising and evaluation of student work. At the end of the two-year period, the student's record is reviewed in its entirety in order to ascertain whether he or she is able and ready to proceed to the qualifying examination and the more specialized phase of Ph.D. study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Students will complete twelve courses distributed as follows:
  • English 200, “Problems in the Study of Literature”
  • Medieval through 16th-Century
  • 17th- through 18th-Century
  • 19th-Century
  • 20th-Century
  • a course organized in terms other than chronological coverage.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • A Bachelor's Degree (or international equivalent)
  • Transcripts of all college-level work uploaded as a pdf to the Graduate Application,
  • Scores for the GRE General Test and Subject Test in English 
  • GRE scores are good for as long as ETS will send them to institutions (5 years from the test date). If you previously applied to a graduate program at UC Berkeley, we cannot use your scores if they are more than 5 years old.
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted through the University online application
  • A critical or scholarly writing sample of no more than 20 pages uploaded as a pdf to the Graduate Application,

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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