You wish to apply to the Folk Studies Program?
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 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 Department Head, Dr. Michael Ann Williams, 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. Once Graduate Studies receives your transcripts and GRE scores, your application they will pass it to the Folk Studies program for their approval. They will notify you as soon as a decision has been made.
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 to get an assistanship for your first year. The graduate assistantship application does require supplementary materials. See How Do I Pay For It for more details.
If your undergraduate grade point average is less than 3.0, the Folk Studies program requires three letters of reference. These may be the same letters as those submitted for a graduate assistantship application.
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.
Have questions? Contact Michael Ann Williams.
Want to apply? Click here.
Application: March 1st (encouraged)
If it is after March 1st and you are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Williams, but know that the department may have used up all its assistantship money already.
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Graduate Assistantships: March 1st.
Alumni Matt Hale doing assistantship work.