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Admission to the MA Program in Literature

Applications for admissions are currently accepted for fall enrollment, with an application deadline of January 1.

In addition to submitting an application to the Graduate Admissions Office, a successful candidate will normally be expected to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A competitive Verbal aptitude score on the GRE general test, with a target Analytical Writing score of 4.0 (while the Quantitative score is not a determining factor in our admission decisions, the combined Verbal and Quantitative score is a determining factor in some university scholarships and fellowships);
  • BA in English with an undergraduate major GPA of at least 3.5;
  • An overall GPA of 3.3 for the last two years of college work.

[A candidate with a BA in a field other than English may be provisionally admitted until certain undergraduate requirements, as outlined by the MA Advisor, are satisfied.]

A successful applicant must also submit the following documents:

  • A two-to-three page statement, double-spaced, describing the student's background, purpose for attending graduate school, and career goals;
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from former English instructors
  • A writing sample of no more than ten pages that demonstrates academic or disciplinary writing.

All application materials should be submitted electronically through the online application.

If you would like to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship, please briefly indicate your interest in your personal statement.

All materials, including GRE scores and transcripts, must be received by the application deadline in order for students to be considered for admission.  Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee after the application deadline.  Students will be notified of the application decision within eight weeks after the deadline.

Admission to the PhD Program in Literature

A successful candidate will normally be expected to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A competitive Verbal aptitude score on the GRE general test, with a target Analytical Writing score of 4.5 (while the Quantitative score is not a determining factor in our admission decisions, the combined Verbal and Quantitative score is a determining factor in some university scholarships and fellowships);
  • An MA in English from an accredited university with a graduate GPA of at least 3.7.

[A candidate with an MA degree in another discipline may be required to take supplementary graduate work.]

In addition to submitting an application to the Graduate Admissions Office, a successful applicant must also submit the following documents:

  • A two-to-three page statement, describing the student's background, purpose for attending graduate school, and career goals;
  • A critical paper of no more than ten pages that demonstrates academic or disciplinary writing;
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from professors. who have taught the applicant at the graduate level.

All application materials should be submitted electronically through the online application. We prefer to receive transcripts directly at the following department address:

If you would like to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship, please briefly indicate your interest in your personal statement.

All materials, including GRE scores and transcripts, must be received by the application deadline in order for students to be considered for admission.  Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee after the application deadline.  Students will be notified of the application decision within eight weeks after the deadline.