Graduate Admission

Graduate Study in English is essentially professional study. It is demanding and requires ability and commitment. For this reason, minimum admission standards for the M.A. in English are higher than those of the Graduate School. The average GPA of students admitted to the program is 3.33, with grades in English averaging 3.5. Applicants may be granted Regular or Conditional Admission. Students admitted conditionally are not eligible for Teaching Assistantships or Graduate Tuition Scholarships in their first year of study. International students must meet the Department’s English proficiency requirement.

Regular Admission

Regular Admission to Literature Program and Rhetoric and Writing Program

  • An undergraduate major in English with a GPA of 3.5 or better in undergraduate course work in English, and either a) an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, or b) an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 but with a GPA of 3.3 or better for the last 60 semester hours (93 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree;
    OR
    An undergraduate degree in a subject other than English, but with at least 15 semester hours or the equivalent of appropriate upper-division courses in literature, writing, language, and/or linguistics with a GPA in those courses of 3.5 or better (in some cases, extensive experience in an appropriate subject area may satisfy part or all of this requirement), and either a) an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, or b) an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7, but with a GPA of 3.3 or better for the last 60 semester hours (93 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree;
  • A satisfactory writing sample (a thesis-driven paper of at least five pages engaging with and responding to secondary sources and written on a topic in English or in a related field; this may be a paper previously submitted for an undergraduate class)

Regular Admission to TESOL Program

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in undergraduate course work OR an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 but with a 3.3 or better for the last 60 semester hours (93 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree
  • A satisfactory writing sample (a thesis-driven paper of at least five pages engaging with and responding to secondary sources and written on a topic in English or in a related field; this may be a paper previously submitted for an undergraduate class)
  • A GPA of 3.2 in any undergraduate degree with strong evidence of excellence in language skills

Non-native speakers of English seeking regular admission to any graduate program in English must also meet one of the following minimum language proficiency requirements: TOEFL 100 (80 for conditional admission), IELTS 7.5 (6.5 for conditional admission), PTE-A 68 (53 for conditional admission), satisfactory completion of LEAP level 4 TOEFL substitution, or earned a degree in the United States. Applicants may be interviewed by a representative of the department to determine language proficiency and to be advised on improving language competencies.

Conditional Admission

Conditional Admission to the Literature Program and Rhetoric and Writing Program

  • An overall GPA of 2.7 or better in undergraduate course work OR an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5, but with a 3.0 or better for the last 60 semester hours (93 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree
  • A satisfactory writing sample (a thesis-driven paper of at least five pages engaging with and responding to secondary sources and written on a topic in English or in a related field; this may be a paper previously submitted for an undergraduate class)
  • An undergraduate major in English with a GPA of 3.2 or better in undergraduate course work in English
    OR
    15 semester hours or equivalent appropriate upper-division courses in literature, writing, language, and/or linguistics with a GPA in those courses of 3.2 or better. (In some cases, extensive experience in an appropriate subject area may satisfy part or all of this requirement.)

Conditional Admission to TESOL Program

  • An overall GPA of 2.7 or better in undergraduate course work OR an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 but with a 3.0 or better for the last 60 semester hours (93 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree
  • A satisfactory writing sample (a thesis-driven paper of at least five pages engaging with and responding to secondary sources and written on a topic in English or in a related field; this may be a paper previously submitted for an undergraduate class)
  • A GPA of 3.2 in any undergraduate degree with strong evidence of excellence in language skills

To be considered for conditional admission non-native speakers of English must also present a score of TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5, PTE-A 53, or be enrolled in the LEAP Program for the TOEFL substitution. These applicants may also be interviewed by a representative of the department to determine language proficiency and to be advised on improving language competencies.

Visit the Graduate School website to apply.