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 (, 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:

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 You will be prompted to create an account to access the application.)

• Application fee ($25)
• Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work


English Department Requirements and Application Materials:

English Department Materials:

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the applicant must have earned a minimum 3.00 GPA in an undergraduate major or minor in English literature to gain regular admission to the program. Applicants should supply the following to the graduate coordinator:

  1. Two letters of recommendation*
  2. Writing sample (7-15 pages)
  3. Statement of purpose (1-2 pages), explaining the applicant’s interest in the program and academic/career goals**

*Letters should be from professors 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.

**Application materials for the English department can be submitted via email ( or post.

Students on either the Literature Track or the Medieval and Renaissance Track must document the equivalent of one year of undergraduate foreign language study or must remedy this deficiency before the MA Comprehensive Examination is taken.

Those international students required by the university to submit TOEFL scores for entrance to graduate study must score a minimum of 600 on the written exam in order to gain admission to graduate study in English. Further, the student must attain a minimum score of 5 on the essay portion of the exam.

For conditional admission to the program, consult the department chair or graduate coordinator. An applicant whose GPA does not meet the minimum requirement can submit scores for the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) to supplement the application for conditional admission. A minimum score of 153 on the Verbal Reasoning portion is recommended.

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