2024-2025 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Comparative Literature

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Comparative Literature


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 1, 2023

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Not required

Letters of Recommendation


UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose, a writing sample and a short statement describing language proficiency in a language other than English.

A bachelor's degree in literature, ancient or modern, is preferred, with a grade point average of at least 3.4 in upper division literature courses. Literary proficiency in one foreign language and at least an elementary knowledge of a second one are expected.

Care should be taken with the statement of purpose and the writing sample, since the quality of thought and argument these exhibit weigh significantly in admissions decisions.

Program Name

Comparative Literature

Leading to the
degree of

M.A., Ph.D.

The department admits only Ph.D. applicants.

Major Code



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