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Graduate Admission

Graduate students in the Department of English frequently present at national, international and local conferences and have received many prestigious awards. Approximately 500 graduate students are enrolled each semester. The program awards excellence by offering outstanding financial packages, including travel funds for professional development and teaching assistantships on a competitive basis. Class sizes are small, giving students the opportunity to work closely with professors in a variety of fields. Reading groups, guest lectures, workshops and other events help bring students and faculty together. Opportunities for professional development and mentoring, such as Preparing Future Faculty and Knowledge Mobilization, prepare graduate students for successful careers within and beyond academia. In addition, there are several internship opportunities for English graduate students as well as study abroad opportunities. Contact us for more information, or send an e-mail to

Application Deadlines

PhD English (Literature), PhD English (English Education), PhD English (Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies), PhD Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, and MFA Creative Writing: January 1 for fall.

MA English (Literature): January 1 and April 15 for fall; September 15 for spring.

MA English (Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies) and MA English (Comparative Literature): January 1 and April 15 for fall.

MTESOL and MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics: January 15 and April 15 for fall; September 15 for spring.

MTESOL Online and MAS in Film and Media Studies: March 15 for summer; May 15 for fall; November 1 for spring. 

MA English Education: January 15 and June 15 for fall.

MA English (English Studies) Online: 

  • March 15 for Summer A
  • April 15 for Summer B
  • May 15 for Fall A
  • July 15 for Fall B
  • September 15 for Spring A
  • November 15 for Spring B

4+1 programs have two deadlines: April 15 for fall and October 1 for spring.

Graduate Certificates in Critical Theory and Linguistics accept applications year round.

Note: The committee reviews applications shortly after the deadline. The application must be complete with all supporting documents before review. This is the applicant's responsibility. Please plan accordingly when submitting an application.