Applying to the MA Program in English

Applying to the MA Program in English:
Admission to the MA Program in English requires acceptance from both the Graduate School and the English Department. Please review the information below, and contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Lori Leavell (lleavell@uca.edu), with any questions.

Application Dates:
Students may begin graduate study in the fall, spring, or summer. The preferred application date is March 1 for summer and fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. (In some instances, late applications may be considered.)

Graduate School Requirements:
Please consult the Graduate School about requirements for regular and conditional admission: http://uca.edu/gbulletin2013/general-policies-and-information/admission-to-graduate-study/

Graduate School Application Materials:
*For the Graduate School, completion of an online application is preferred over paper applications.

Submit the following materials to the Graduate School:
• Graduate School application (available at http://uca.edu/graduateschool/admission-process/. You will be prompted to create an account to access the application.)

 
• Application fee ($25)
• Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
• GRE scores (within the last five years / UCA’s institution code for the GRE: 6012)
English Department Requirements and Application Materials:

If you are applying either to the Traditional track or Medieval and Renaissance track:

Regular Admission:
• A minimum of 153 on the Verbal Reasoning portion of the GRE
• A minimum 3.0 GPA in an undergraduate major or minor in English
• Show the equivalent of one year of undergraduate foreign language study, or must remedy this deficiency before the MA Comprehensive Examination is taken.

Conditional Admission:
Consult with the Department Chair or Graduate Coordinator. (For example, a prospective applicant lacking a degree or minor in English can be considered for conditional admission.)

English Department Materials:
Submit the following materials (either via email or hard copy) to the English Department Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Lori Leavell (lleavell@uca.edu):

 
• Writing Sample of 7-10 pages (Indicate at the top of the writing sample which track to which you are applying—Traditional or Medieval and Renaissance)

 
• Two Letters of Recommendation (Letters should be fromprofessors with whom you have studied. If submitted via email, letters should be sent directly from the recommenders. If submitted via hard copy, letters should be sealed or mailed directly from recommenders to ensure confidentiality.)


 

If you are applying to the Language Arts track:

Regular Admission:
• A minimum of 153 on the Verbal Reasoning portion of the GRE
• A minimum of 4.0 on the Writing section of the GRE
• A minimum of 2.7 undergraduate GPA (major or minor in English not required)

Conditional Admission:
Consult with the Department Chair or Graduate Coordinator if your application does not meet one of the requirements.

English Department Materials:
Submit the following materials (either via email or hard copy) to the English Department Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Lori Leavell (lleavell@uca.edu):

 
• Statement of Purpose (In 250-500 words, explain your interest in UCA’s master’s program in English and the Language Arts track. Make clear how this program would complement your personal and career goals.)

 
• Writing Sample of 7-10 pages (Indicate at the top of the writing sample your interest in the Language Arts track.)

 
• Two Letters of Recommendation (Letters should be from professors with whom you have studied and perhaps colleagues who have observed your teaching. If submitted via email, letters should be sent directly from the recommenders. If submitted via hard copy, letters should be sealed or mailed directly from recommenders to ensure confidentiality.)
English Department Mailing Address:

Dr. Leavell, Graduate Coordinator
Department of English: Irby 317
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, Arkansas 72035