How to apply to CSLC at USC

Applying to CSLC

For general application procedures to USC Graduate School, please refer to the Graduate Admissions website.  The online application portal will begin accepting applications for Fall 2016 admission mid-August. 

CSLC accepts applications for admission to the Fall term only and only for the Ph.D. degree.  Applicants seeking a terminal M.A. degree should not apply. 

General requirements for admission to CSLC Tracks I, II, and III include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree awarded by a U.S. institution in a relevant discipline, or the equivalent degree from another accredited college or university
  • A minimum earned grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), or the equivalent, in undergraduate and any previous graduate course work
  • Score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  • Letters of recommendation from three recent instructors in relevant disciplines
  • For international applicants whose native language is not English, a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  (For more information, refer to the Office of Graduate Admission's International Student Proficiency in English page.)

In addition to meeting these general requirements, to be considered for admission to each Track you must include the following supplemental materials:

Track I: Comparative Media and Culture

  • A 500-word statement in which you describe clearly your interest in Comparative Media and Culture, your proposed field of concentration, the research you would like to undertake, and your level of competence in languages other than English.
  • A sample of your scholarly writing (15-25 pages) that treats a subject relevant to the field of Comparative Media and Culture. A paper submitted for a course is fine.

Track II:  Comparative Literature

  • A 500-word statement in which you describe clearly your interest in Comparative Literature, your proposed field of concentration, the research you would like to undertake, and your level of competence in languages other than English. Successful applicants to Track II will have the ability to do graduate-level work in two language traditions in addition to English. 
  • A sample of your scholarly writing (15-25 pages) that treats a relevant literary, critical, or theoretical subject. A paper submitted for a course is fine.

Track III: National Literatures and Cultures

French and Francophone Studies

  • A 500-word statement in which you describe clearly your interest in French and Francophone Studies, your proposed field of concentration, the research you would like to undertake, and your level of competence in French and other languages besides English. 
  • A sample of your scholarly writing (15-25 pages) written in French.  It should treat a subject relevant to the field of French and Francophone studies. A paper submitted for a course is fine.

Spanish and Latin American Studies

  • A 500-word statement in which you describe clearly your interest in Spanish and Latin American Studies, your proposed field of concentration, the research you would like to undertake, and your level of competence in Spanish and other languages besides English. 
  • A sample of your scholarly writing (15-25 pages) in Spanish. It should treat a subject relevant to the field of Spanish or Latin American studies. A paper submitted for a course is fine.

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Starting in academic year 2015-2016, the doctoral degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures will be granted through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.  Please refer to the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures website or email slavic@usc.edu for more information.

 

The following application materials are to be submitted online:

  • Graduate Admission Application and application fee
  • Statement of interest
  • Letters of recommendation.  (If these cannot be submitted electronically, hard copies may be emailed to cslc@udornsife.usc.edu or sent directly to CSLC.)
  • Writing sample
  • Copy of transcripts (unofficial is fine and preferred) from each institution you've attended for undergraduate and graduate work completed or attempted 

 

The following application materials are to be mailed directly to:

Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street
Room 112
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

  • Official results of the Graduate Record Examination sent by the testing agency. This exam should be taken as early as possible so that the results will be received by the December 1 application deadline.
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate work completed or attempted.  International students should also refer to the Office of Graduate Admission’s list of Admision Requirements by Country for international applicants.
            Transcripts may be emailed by the academic institution directly to the Office of Graduate Admission at
            admscan@usc.edu.  Transcripts emailed by the applicant will not be accepted. 

           International Students

  • Official results of the TOEFL or IELTS* are sent by the testing agency.  Exam should be taken as early as possible so that the results will be received by the December 1 application deadline.   

*If you are an applicant from a country where both the national language and language of instruction is English or if you receive a BA in a country where both the national language and language of instruction is English, you may be exempt from this requirement.  Please see the Office of Graduate Admission’s International Applications site for more information. 

The USC ETS School Code for both the GRE and TOEFL is 4852.  

The ETS Department Code for GRE scores is 2902.

IELTS Scores can be reported by selecting "University of Southern California" from the list of available schools for official score submission.