Application Process

NOW Accepting Applications for FALL 2017

Deadline to Apply is January 15, 2017


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. Send official transcripts from each college or university you have attended and GRE scores (Verbal and Quantitative) to:
    Graduate College
    120 McFall Center
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, OH 43403
    United States of America

  3. After submitting the Graduate Application you will be asked to complete the American Culture Studies Department Online Application - and submit additional materials.
    You will be given the option to upload the following materials or email them to acsprogram@bgsu.edu:
  • 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 from the Director requesting their letter with a link provided where they can upload their document. They may also choose to email their letter to acsprogram@bgsu.edu if they prefer.
  • 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; (preferred file name: Writing Sample_Last name, First name)
  • Candidate Statement: 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; (preferred file name: Statement_Last name, First name)
  • CV: this should be a one-to-two page current CV (preferred file name: CV_Last name, First name)

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 and the Department of American Culture Studies 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.)


Dr. Andrew M. Schocket, Director
American Culture Studies Program
Bowling Green State University
(419) 372-8886