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Application Questions

Please see the College of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Deadlines & Required Materials page for application information.

Please see the College of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Deadlines & Required Materials page for application information.

The personal statement is a brief description of your background, your interests, and your reasons for wanting to enroll in the graduate program. You may include any other information that you feel might be useful, such as prior teaching or tutoring experience. Ph.D. applicants are encouraged to identify professors they are interested in working with for their dissertation area in their statements. The personal statement should not exceed two pages for the M.A. program or three pages for the Ph.D. program.

Writing samples should be academically based and 10-20 pages in length. Creative writing or professional samples may accompany your academic sample, but should not serve as a substitute for it.

The GRE is optional for the following applicants:

  • All students applying to our MA in English program, regardless of start term
  • All students applying to our PhD in English program with a Fall 2022 start term

For those submitting GRE scores, we do not have a minimum score requirement, and we evaluate all parts of the application in the context of the whole. Test scores may be helpful for applicants with little or no experience beyond the undergraduate degree.

The online application provides an opportunity to indicate interest in both programs. You may also include this in your personal statement.

The application system allows you to check the status of your application at any time. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s Admissions FAQ page.

Other Questions

Each year, 10-15 new students enter the graduate programs in English. Approximately 5 of those students enter the PhD cohort.

No, we typically do not offer online graduate courses. Fall 2020 may be an exception due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Part-time degree completion may be a possibility, but please note we cannot guarantee evening availability for courses. Please reach out to to discuss your options in further detail.

No, we do not offer summer graduate courses.

Information about Stipended Graduate Assistantships and CSSH scholarships can be found here. Information about financial aid can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Information about tuition and fees can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Yes. Non-matriculated students taking courses are referred to as Non-Degree Special Students. Please contact the CSSH Graduate Office for more information.

Students who attend any English graduate recruitment event are eligible for an application fee waiver for our MA or PhD program. Events include the University-wide Open House, the CSSH Welcome Day, and department-specific program overviews. When you submit your application, please check “yes” in response to the question, “Did you attend an admission event?” Please enter the date of the event and your application fee will automatically be waived.