Application Deadlines

Priority deadline for assistantship consideration is January 31st

Regular application deadline for Domestic students: Fall - July 1st; Spring - November 1st

Regular application deadline for International students: Fall - May 15th; Spring - September 15th

Required Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for this Certificate program.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student. 

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal.


The Master of Art in English focuses on the interconnectedness of writing, teaching, and literary studies. Students may elect to complete either the Plan A (thesis) or the Plan B (professional paper) option. At the heart of the program is a concern for the integrated interests of students and teachers in all branches of the field. Teachers, scholars, and writers in the program gain a better understanding of their own practices by seeing the extent to which each writer is also a literary critic, each teacher is also a writer and reader of literature, and all critics and readers are teachers and writers. The program is designed to extend and deepen the intellectual rigor of customary approaches to literature by examining issues these approaches often leave unaddressed, such as the history and institutionalization of the discipline, the relationship between theory and the practices of writing, teaching, and textual studies; and the process by which knowledge in the field of English has been and is constructed.