Graduate Application Requirements

Concentrations in Literary Study and Rhetoric and Writing

In addition to meeting the standards for admission to The Graduate School, applicants should have a minimum of 18 hours in English beyond Freshman composition, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for those hours.  All applicants should submit:

A 1000-15000 word statement of purpose.  This statement should address your goals for graduate study and describe your personal, academic, and personal, academic, and professional interests and experience.  Explain how this program is appropriate for your research/creative interests and career goals.
An 8-10 page writing sample of academic work that reflects your research and writing potential.
Two letters of recommendation that can speak to your academic and/or professional career.

 

Concentration in Creative Writing 

In addition to meeting the standards of admission to the Graduate School, applicants for the M.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing should have a minimum of 18 hours in English beyond Freshman composition, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for those hours.  Applicants must also submit:

A manuscript of 12-15 poems or 25 pages of creative prose
A 1,000-1,500 word statement of purpose describing the candidate’s intellectual and creative background, interests and goals.
Two letters of recommendation that can speak to your academic or creative work.


Although the Graduate School and the English Department do not require applicants to submit scores from the GRE, applicants are encouraged to submit scores to the English Department if they have already taken the exam or feel that the scores will strengthen the application.