Application Process

NOW Accepting Applications for FALL 2018

Deadline to Apply is January 15, 2018


Applicants for the Ph.D. program are expected to have earned an M.A. degree in an appropriate subject area, while applicants for the M.A. program are required to have an undergraduate degree in one of the disciplines represented in the program. All applicants are expected to have a superior academic record, and to meet the minimum academic and other admission requirements established by the Graduate College. Please visit the College Website for more information.


  1. Submit the BGSU Graduate College Online Application

  2. GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) Scores should be sent to Bowling Green State University code: 1069

  3. Applicants will also be asked to submit the following additional materials:

    Three Letters of Recommendation
    : These should be from former or current instructors or other persons qualified to evaluate probable success in the chosen program. You will provide names and email addresses of your recommenders when submitting your application. Your recommenders will receive an email requesting their letter with a link provided where they can write a letter or upload one.
    Writing Sample
    : This is evidence of your ability to conduct academic research in an interdisciplinary setting, such as copies of research papers, other writing samples, etc.
    Statement of Purpose
    : This should be a two-to-four page statement of purpose delineating your purpose for applying to the program, as well as an outline of career goals, both short- and long-term.
    : This should be a one-to-two page current CV

  4. Applicants are required to upload a copy of an official transcript from all colleges and universities attended, with the exception of BGSU. Upon admission you will be required to request an official transcript from each degree-granting institution to be sent directly to the Graduate College.

    Official transcripts should be sent to
    Bowling Green State University
    Graduate College
    120 McFall Center
    Bowling Green, OH 43403

The following guide to assist you in preparing your application materials has been made available by the Graduate Education Committee, ASA -- FAQS: Applying to American Studies Graduate Programs

International students: Please send all your admission materials to the Office of Admissions as listed above. Upon admission to the university you will receive further enrollment information from International Student Services.


Financial aid is available to qualified Ph.D. students in American Culture Studies for up to four years and M.A. students for up to two years in the form of Graduate Assistantships in teaching, research, or administration and tuition scholarship. When submitting your ACS Department online application you will be given the opportunity to express your interest in an assistantship opportunity.

Information regarding other types of assistance available for students pursuing graduate study at Bowling Green State University can be found on the Graduate College website.


Applications and supporting materials should be received by January 15th to receive fullest consideration for admission and funding. Later applications will be considered if positions are available.


For Bowling Green State University: 1069
(Listing a department code is not necessary.)


American Culture Studies Program
Bowling Green State University
(419) 372-8886