All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions via the online Graduate Application. Use the graduate admission checklist to get started.

  • Deadlines

    Students requesting teaching assistantships should make that request in their Statement of Purpose.

    • For Fall Admission: Apply by March 1, 5 p.m. EST
    • For Spring Admission: Apply by October 1, 5 p.m. EST


  • Requirements
    • GPA: 3.0 undergraduate
    • GRE: Not required
    • Applicant Statement / Letter of Intent: In no more than 1000 words, describe the relevant academic, personal and/or professional experiences compelling you pursue advanced study in English. If you were not an English major in college, please take care to describe your qualifications for advanced study in English.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters required from undergraduate or graduate literature, and/or writing and rhetoric professors.
    • Additional Requirements: Minimum 10-page writing sample demonstrating your advanced skills in literary or rhetorical research and analysis.
    • Optional Requirements: Statement of purpose indicating a desire to be considered for a teaching assistantship.

    For additional requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog

  • Funding

    The Department of English offers a limited number of teaching assistantships, which include a tuition waiver and a stipend. Upon completing 18 hours of graduate work, including Pedagogy (ENG 6937), students are assigned to teach a course of freshman composition. Students may hold a teaching assistantship for a maximum of two years, and teaching assistants must be registered for 9 credit hours while they hold their assistantship. All inquiries about financial aid should be addressed to the Financial Aid Office, which also awards loans, work-study, and all other financial packages.