you for your interest in the Scandinavian Languages
and Literatures Ph.D. graduate program. The
deadline to submit your application for Fall
2013 is January 3, 2013. The online
application is usually available
by the second week of September.
Note that we do not accept applications for
an MA-only degree. It is also important to note
that University policy prevents us from considering
applicants who already hold a doctoral degree
in any subject, whether obtained at a US institution
We select our graduate students on the basis
of their record of academic achievement in the
past and their promise of future success in
scholarship and teaching. A bachelor's degree
in Scandinavian is preferred but not absolutely
required for admission; however, applicants
with degrees in other fields must have already
undertaken significant coursework and have reading
fluency in at least one modern Scandinavian
language, and be familiar with either one modern
Scandinavian literature tradition or Old Norse.
Before you begin your application, be sure you
have reviewed the faculty research specialties
elsewhere on this web site. These are the individuals
who will supervise your graduate education and
research; it is important to find a good intellectual
fit before undertaking any graduate program.
Each section of the graduate application has
specific and detailed instructions to help you
successfully navigate. In general though, the
complete application will include:
Statement of Purpose
Personal History statement. (These
are not the same thing, nor do they have a set
3 letters of recommendation
scanned transcripts of all schools attended
GRE or TOEFL exam registration number
(The GRE is required of applicants from US schools,
and international applicants from schools at
which the language of instruction is English--such
as Canada and the UK. We require the TOEFL only
from all other International applicants.)
Berkeley’s Educational Testing Service
code is 4833--department codes are no longer
necessary. Also, be sure to fill out the domestic
or International fellowship information sections.
You are not required to complete the whole application
in one sitting. Answers are saved and you may
return to edit or finish sections until you
actually submit the application. We strongly
advise that you review everything after a good
night sleep before submitting the application
and paying the fee. Once the application is
submitted, you are not allowed to go back and
make further edits.
The application system features a status update
page for applicants. You may check this page
to see if your official exam scores have been
received and letters of recommendation submitted.
Applicant files are reviewed for completion,
sorted and summarized after the deadline by
the graduate assistant. The faculty admission
committee reads and evaluates applications into
early February. Decisions regarding admissions
will be announced later in February through
mid March. We usually invite prospective admits
to visit the department in order to meet the
faculty, current students, and their potential
co-hort for a few days in early to mid March.
The exact timing of this visit is announced
in February when students are invited.
If you have specific procedural questions, please
write to the Student Services Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the academic program
please contact the Slavic Department Graduate
Adviser, Professor Mark Sandberg, email@example.com.