Applying to the Department

The new online application system for prospective students is available through the Graduate School website.

The official deadline to submit all application materials is Monday, January 1, 2023 for the class entering Fall 2023.

In addition to the formal application, prospective students are required to submit:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international students only)
  • GRE scores (may be submitted but are not required) *Please note the GRE code for Emory is 5187
  • An unofficial transcript from institutions attended must be uploaded with application (Official transcripts are required after acceptance)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • A twenty-page writing sample which can be submitted in one sample of twenty pages or two samples of ten pages. At least one sample should be submitted in English.
  • Personal Statement (2-3 single-spaced pages)

We highly encourage students to use the online application, but if mailing materials, please address to:

Emory University
Department of Comparative Literature
537 Kilgo Circle
S402 Callaway Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

The Comparative Literature website archives past courses with course descriptions, events organized by faculty and graduate students, and faculty listings. The faculty listing offers an idea of faculty interests and strengths to assist prospectives in planning their research at Emory.

Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to the department at or by phone at (404) 727-1108.