Applications for admission to the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program must first meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and then are reviewed by the LLC faculty for academic and professional excellence and appropriate research interests for which there are faculty advisors available among our LLC and affiliate faculty members at UMBC. Admission to the LLC Ph.D. program is highly competitive; historically LLC accepts approximately 20% of applicants. Each new cohort of students generally reflects representation from the participating disciplines and the theoretical and methodological interdisciplinarity of the program. The program makes a special effort to admit students who are traditionally under-represented in doctoral programs.
The application deadline is December 1 for the new cohort of students to begin the following fall semester. Prospective students are welcome to consider taking a course as a non-degree seeking student during any semester (details below).
Each LLC applicant will be evaluated on the basis of the entire Graduate School application.
Graduate School Application
Official Transcripts that demonstrate previous education, including required MA/MS degree in related disciplines
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (only for those without a Master’s degree from a U.S. university) and for international students TOEFL scores of 550 (paper), 213 (computerized) or 80 (iBT). See http://www.umbc.edu/gradschool/admissions/app_deadlines.html#criteria
Three letters of recommendation attesting to the student’s academic and personal potential to contribute substantially to a field of study related to the current research of the LLC progra. Please ask your referees to discuss as specifically as possible your experience and ability to conduct scholarly research.
Statement of Goals and Research Interests explaining the research you would like to do, the relevant fields and theoretical areas, your methodological approaches, and how you understand the power of interdisciplinarity to the research you hope to conduct. This succinct statement (500 words) is a crucial component of the application. In it you should explain as explicitly as possible, the inquiry you hope to pursue, your knowledge of relevant fields, including any highly relevant studies, and your previous experience in the fields of your proposed research. Explain how your research is interdisciplinary in terms of how you are posing a problem or an area of inquiry that requires the theoretical perspectives of multiple fields and multiple methodological approaches. LLC is particularly interested in proposed research that is related to research being conducted by LLC and LLC affiliate faculty members. You may also include relevant professional experience and any additional reasons you have for seeking admission in LLC. Please include the names of any faculty members with whom you might hope to work. A statement of general interest is not sufficient.
Academic writing sample (a published academic article, an article ready for submission, a recent research paper, or a research-based report) that demonstrates your ability to conduct and write about research in your chosen area. Please provide a cover note explaining what the writing sample is and its relevance to your application. This samle should be approximately 20-25 pages.
The LLC admissions committee will reach out to potential faculty advisors to determine their interest and capacity to advise additional doctoral students. Our admissions offers are based on the overall quality of a student’s application, the availability of potential advisors (which changes each year), the disciplinary breadth of the applicants, and interdisciplinary intersectionality of each year’s cohort, and other related factors. The small core LLC regular faculty members make all initial admissions decisions and consult with affiliate faculty members. Because the program is “highly competitive,” further refinements of admissions offers are made after seeking input from other potential faculty advisors on campus from within our participating departments. Even qualified applicants, who might have been included on the first admissions list, may not be admitted because of a shortage of qualified advisors in the applicant’s areas of research interest. Once the Admissions Committee has reviewed applications, we will contact all potential candidates for admission to arrange an online or phone interview. The Committee hopes to conduct interviews between late February and early March in order to make admissions offers before the end of March.
Where to apply and send documents?
Detailed application information about admission to the UMBC Graduate School is on the Graduate School website: http://www.umbc.edu/gradschool/admissions/howto.html
Submit the following documents to The UMBC Graduate School http://www.umbc.edu/gradschool/admissions/app_deadlines.html:
Application and payment
Statement of goals and research interests (within the UMBC Graduate School application)
GRE and TOEFL scores
Letters of recommendation (3)
Submit your Academic writing sample to the LLC Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. Program, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD, 21250).
Non-degree seeking students
Non-degree students can apply to the Graduate School to take classes starting in any semester: http://www.umbc.edu/gradschool/admissions/howto.html All LLC courses are permission only, so students should contact the LLC office to seek advising and permission. Many LLC courses are not available to non-degree seeking students because they are offered only to formally admitted LLC students: LLC 600 I and II, 644, 645, 646, 650, 891, 892, 898, 899 and 890. Non-degree students should review each semester’s schedule for information on which courses are open to non-degree students. Successful completion of a course taken as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to the LLC program. If a student is later admitted, the course(s) may count toward the degree based on which course(s) were completed, the relevance to a student’s research focus, and performance in the course.