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How Do I Apply?

You wish to apply to the Folk Studies Program?

 molly's birthday

 Students Molly, Janice, and Rebekah at a birthday party!


If you don't have a background in folklore, don't worry! Some recent students have studied folklore elsewhere (at Indiana University, Utah State, UCLA, Memorial University, University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin and elsewhere) but other students enter the program with little or no academic background in the discipline.

Although it is not required, we encourage you to contact the Program Director, Dr. Ann Ferrell, as soon as possible to let her know that you are applying.

To apply to the program, you need to fill out the graduate application on the Graduate Studies webpage. GRE scores are required for admission. Applicants  must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.  All applicants must submit three letters of reference, a statement of intent, and a writing sample to the department.  Applicants must have a minimum GAP score of 600 for admission, verbal plus quantitative GRE score plus (grade point average X 100). 

The admission deadline is June 15th for fall semester, but admissions are rolling, so it is better to apply earlier. To receive full consideration for graduate assistantship funding, you must have all your application and assistantship materials submitted by March 1 to get an assistanship for your first year.  See How Do I Pay For It for more details.

We do allow new graduate students to start in the spring. Beginning in spring is more challenging, especially for students without a folklore background, but we are happy to work with you. Typically one to three students start each spring.

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Application: March 1st (encouraged)

If it is after March 1st and you are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Ann Ferrell, but know that the department may have used up all its assistantship money already.


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Graduate Assistantships: March 1st.  (Assistantships may be awarded later, but the March 1st deadline assures top consideration.)

Renee Pinkston cataloging

Graduate Student Renee Pinkston cataloging political paraphernalia.

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