Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities

Major: HUM
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Unit: GA
Program Webpage:

Program Information

Application Instructions

Admission to the Humanities Ph.D. Program is exclusively for the fall semester of each academic year.

All materials must be received by January 15th for the following fall. No late applications will be accepted.

All applicants must have completed an appropriate Master's degree (M.A., M.F.A., M. Div, or other) prior to beginning the program.

All applicants must also have fulfilled all requirements of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

Required materials are:

  1. The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies application.
  2. A statement of intent (750-1000 words) detailing educational and future professional goals.
  3. A current academic curriculum vitae.
  4. A scholarly or creative writing sample (scholarly, fiction, creative non-fiction: 5000 - 10,000 words; for length guidelines in other genres.
  5. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate-level work.
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test scores.
  7. If applicable, proof of English proficiency.
  8. Three letters of recommendation from former instructors attesting to capability for doctoral-level work.
  9. $60 application fee, paid to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

Additional Information

For additional information on the Ph.D. program and/or Graduate Teaching Assistantships, see the Humanities Ph.D. website.

For any further questions regarding specifics of the Humanities Ph.D. Program application, please e-mail the PhD Program Administrator.


Pamela Beattie

Assistant Professor

Simona Bertacco

Associate Professor

Mark Blum


Ying Kit Chan

Director of Hite Institute

John Gibson

Associate Professor

Aaron Jaffe

Director of Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Social Sciences

Dismas Masolo

Distinguished University Scholar

Ranen Omer-Sherman

Jewish Heritage Fund Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies

Natalie Polzer

Associate Professor

Patrick Pranke

Associate Professor

Shelley Salamensky

Director of Doctoral Studies

Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe

Associate Professor

Elaine O. Wise
Assistant Professor