Admission Requirements


Master of Arts in English


In addition to meeting the general requirements of the University for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, applicants for admission to the Master of Arts Degree Program in English must also meet the following criteria.

 

Regular Admission:

Any person admitted to the Master's program in English must hold a bachelor's degree. An applicant who receives regular admission status must also meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of twenty-four (24) semester hours of undergraduate English courses, at least twelve (12) of which must be at the Jr./Sr. level.
  2. A combined score of 850 or above on the General Test of the GRE.
  3. One of the following minimum graduate admissions requirements based on the level of work completed at the time of the application:
    1. 2.50 GPA on the undergraduate degree.
    2. 2.75 GPA on the last two years (approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-100 quarter hours) of upper level undergraduate academic course work.
    3. 2.75 GPA on 30 or more semester hours undergraduate credit after earning the first bachelor's degree.
    4. 2.75 GPA on the last two years (approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-100 quarter hours) of undergraduate academic course work and a 3.00 GPA on fewer than 24 hours graduate course work.
    5. 3.00 GPA on 24 or more graduate hours.
    6. An earned master's degree or higher-level degree.

 

A student in a Regular admission status is eligible for a graduate assistantship.

 

Provisional Admission

An applicant not satisfying the minimum GRE score and/or grade point average may be admitted to a degree program as a provisional student if recommended by the graduate coordinator of the academic unit offering the degree program. Students below a combined GRE score of 750 and/or a GPA of 2.0 on the undergraduate degree will not be considered for provisional status. Students in provisional status must advance to regular status as prescribed by Graduate School rules.

 

Contingent Admission

A student may be admitted in contingent status when needing the final transcript recording the bachelor's degree, GRE scores, and/or the completion of undergraduate course deficiencies. Students incontingent status must advance to regular status as prescribed by Graduate School rules.


A student in the contingent status is eligible for a graduate assistantship. Continued eligibility for a graduate assistantship beyond the initial semester would require that any such graduate assistants advance to regular status by the completion of the initial semester. Students may not be moved from contingent status to provisional status. Failure to qualify for regular admission status will prevent the student from registering for the next semester.

 

Non-Degree-Classified Admission and Unclassified Admission

Students wishing to take graduate courses in English for purposes other than a graduate degree should review their options for Non-Degree-Classified Admission and Unclassified Admission as specified by Graduate School rules.