Admission and Application

Admission Requirements for the Master of Arts in English

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:

A. Completion of 24 semester hours of undergraduate English courses, at least 12 of which must be at the Jr./Sr. level.

B. GRE verbal score of 150 or greater required. For additional information on GRE requirements contact Ziba Rashidian, the graduate coordinator, at

C. 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 or
  2. 2.75 GPA on the last two years (approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-100 quarter hours) of upper level undergraduateacademic course work or
  3. 2.75 GPA on 30 or more semester hours undergraduate creditafter earning the first bachelor's degree or
  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 graduatecourse work or
  5. 3.00 GPA on 24 or more graduate hours or
  6. An earned Master's degree or higher-level degree.

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

 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. 

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. 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 in the catalog.


No more than 9 hours earned by a student in Provisional, Contingent, Non-Degree, or Unclassified Status may be counted towards a graduate degree, provided the Graduate Dean approves the credit that is recommended by the appropriate Graduate Coordinator or graduate Faculty Advisor.


Application for Admission to Graduate Studies in English

New Students

The completed application form, payment of required fees, official transcripts, and official results of standardized tests should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office before the proper term deadlines. Deadlines can be viewed on the university page for Graduate Student Applicants.

Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the non-refundable application fee. Late applications may delay consideration until the following semester.

* Individual departments may have earlier deadline dates for consideration of applications.

Returning Students

Students previously registered at Southeastern who wish to resume their graduate studies after an absence of more than 12 months must submit an application for readmission together with official transcripts of all graduate work taken at other institutions to the Office of Enrollment Services (Graduate Admissions Office).

International Students

Admission of international students is considered on an individual basis by the Office of Enrollment Services (Graduate Admissions Office) and by the appropriate Graduate Coordinator or Graduate/Faculty Advisor, with final determination made by the Graduate Dean. International students must meet all University and departmental requirements for Degree Status. Please consult the university page for International Student Applicants for more information on University requirements.

In addition, international students must submit to the Graduate Admissions Office the following:

1. An application and payment of the application fee prior to the following deadlines: May 1 for the Fall semester;September 1 for the Spring semester; March 1 for the Summer term.

2. Official, certified transcripts, certificates of degrees, etc., depicting all undergraduate and graduate courses taken and all grades received. A certified translation must accompany these documents if the language used is other than English.

3. A score of at least 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a score of at least 173 on the computer-based TOEFL, for applicants whose native language is other than English. Some departments may have more stringent criteria.

4. Certification of the availability of funds to meet all the costs while the student is enrolled at Southeastern, according to INS regulations.

5. Official scores on all standardized tests as required by the individual departments.

Southeastern Louisiana University reserves the right to determine whether the documentation provided meets the minimum criteria necessary for the admission of international students.

International students are responsible for complying with all regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Failure to do so will jeopardize their status as students.