Admission & Requirements

All applicants to the Program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies must be admitted first to the University of Arkansas Graduate School. The Graduate School sets the minimum admission requirements for all graduate students at the University of Arkansas, such as having a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4) or above in the last 60 hours of coursework. Visit the Graduate School website for information on admissions and preparing for graduate school.  

Candidates meeting all graduate school requirements are then evaluated by the Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies Admission committee.  We normally only admit students in the fall semester. 

International Students

Applicants whose native language is not English must present satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, our institution code is 6866) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The University defines a minimum satisfactory score on TOEFL as 550 (paper-based)/213 (computer-based), 79 on the ITB (Internet Based TOEFL), or 6.5 on the IELTS for admission and the test must have been taken within two years immediately preceding the requested semester of admission and be valid at the time of enrollment. No other measures of English proficiency are accepted by the University of Arkansas for the purpose of gaining admission. Visit the Gradaute School English Proficiency Requirements for Admission and Assistantships. 

Application Materials Required for the Program

The following application materials must be submitted in support of any application to the Program in Com­parative Literature and Cultural Studies, at either the M.A. or Ph.D. level.  Upon applying to the graduate school, and paying the application fee,  candidates will receive an email with a link to the UAconnect portal where the following documents must be uploaded:

  1. Complete official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. 
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the Aptitude Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing).
  3. International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Lan­guage Testing System (IELTS) exams, meeting the minimum score required by the Graduate School.
  4. Statement of purpose describing academic interests and profes­sional goals. Doctoral applicants must specify which concentration they wish to pursue: comparative literature, modern languages, cultural studies, Hispanic studies, or translation. It is recommended also that doctoral applicants identify and establish contact with University of Arkansas faculty in their areas of interest before applying to the program.  Prospective students may write the Program director to assist identifying faculty in their areas of research interest.  
  5. A writing sample, preferably from an essay or examination paper from a literature course, showing evidence of critical thinking, writing ability, and research potential.
  6. Three letters of recommendation from former instructors, employers, or supervisors
  7. Application for Graduate Assistantship (if applicable). Assistantships are merit-based financial assistance that pays for tuition and a monthly stipend.  There are limited assistantship options through various departments and programs. 

Application Deadline:  January 15th

For further information on the application process contact:

Professor Luis Fernando Restrepo
Director, Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies Program
University Professor, Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
425 Kimpel Hall
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

lrestr@uark.edu / 479-575-7580 (Direct) 479-575-2951 (Main World Languages Dept. office)