Is the GRE part of the application package?

No, we do not consider the GRE as part of our holistic admissions process. We base our admissions decisions on a careful consideration of the writing sample, statement of objectives, letters of recommendation, online application, and transcripts.

How many students are enrolled in the MA program?

Each entering class comprises 6-12 students, meaning that the program as a whole ranges from about 12 – 24. Our program is small and intensive, and built around close mentoring for each student. We admit approximately 8-20 applicants each spring, depending on how many students we can fully fund. Because a certain number of our admitted students choose to attend a different program, we arrive at the target class size of 6-12.

Can I attend part-time or online?

No. Our two-year program is designed around a structured sequence that begins in the fall term with ENG 514: Introduction to Graduate Studies, continues through a sequence of “MA Experience” options and other coursework, and concludes, in the second year, with the thesis defense.

Do you accept applications throughout the year or allow students to start in the winter or spring terms?

No. We read applications in January and February and admit students to begin in the following fall term only.

What is the deadline for applying?

In early January. Please check the website for the deadline that applies to any particular year.

When are applicants notified of the program’s decision?

In late February or March.

What are the funding opportunities available to MA students?

Offers of admission to the traditional (not accelerated) MA in English program come with full funding: full tuition remission and a stipend of approximately $13,800. This funding typically comes in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Admitted students may also apply for a limited number of Graduate Teaching or Research opportunities. In addition, all applicants are automatically considered for nomination to university-wide graduate scholarships.

Do you accept international students?

Yes, certainly. But because the study of “English” means different things in different countries and contexts, potential applicants should be aware that we are not a language-study program. Instead, the MA in English trains students in advanced literary criticism and/or in the theory, history, the teaching of writing, and rhetorical history and theory. Some advanced level undergraduate coursework would be expected in those areas. We do not offer courses in linguistics or translation.  For more information about international admissions, please go to

Can I use an unofficial transcript for the application process?

Yes. However, if you are accepted in to the program you will be asked to send an official transcript to the Graduate School.

Do you accept letters of reference via Interfolio?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept official references using the Interfolio system. Our application process has a reference gathering structure built in and our online forms are emailed directly to the reference provider. The reference link includes a confirmation of your relationship, a survey of your skills and abilities, and a space for the reference to upload a letter.