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M.A./M.S. in English at Texas A&M University-Commerce

APPLICATION REQUIREMENT CHECKLIST:

dots APPLICATION

dots APPLICATION FEE

dots OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

dots WRITING SAMPLE 

dots STATEMENT OF GOALS 

dots ONE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION  

dots GRE (IF NECESSARY) 

dots ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS


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YOUR TEAM!

dotsJack Duffie (Jack.Duffie@tamuc.edu) Graduate Student Specialist, College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts

dotsDr. Susan Stewart (Susan.Stewart@tamuc.edu) Master's in English Program Coordinator, Department of Literature and Languages

dotsRebecca Stevens (Rebecca.Stevens@tamuc.edu) Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Graduate School

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GET STARTED!
dots APPLICATION

Please go to www.applytexas.org to submit your application for the M.A./M.S. in English. If you are new to www.applytexas.org, click “Create your account now” to create an ApplyTexas profile. Once you create a profile, select “create a new application now.” On the next screen, select “create a new graduate school admissions application.” Proceed to submit a new application for Texas A&M University-Commerce.

You may apply for the Fall, Spring, Summer I, or Summer II term. We have a rolling admission process, meaning we do not have an application deadline.

You will be given the option to apply for the Master’s of Arts (M.A.) in English or the Master’s of Science (M.S.) in English. The M.A. and the M.S. differ by a foreign language requirement. To pursue the M.A., you need to meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of 12 undergraduate semester credit hours of a foreign language.

  2. Enroll in 6 graduate semester credit hours of a foreign language.

  3. Test out of the reading portion of a foreign language.

If you do not know whether or not you would like to pursue the M.A., you may submit an application for the M.S. first and change to the M.A. while enrolled in the program.

dots APPLICATION FEE - $50 DOMESTIC/$75 INTERNATIONAL

You may pay the application fee using any of the following methods:

  • Online while applying at www.applytexas.org

  • Online at your myLeo - https://leo.tamuc.edu/

  • By calling the Cashiers Office at 903.886.5050, or 903.886.5501

  • In person at the cashier’s window in the Business Administration Building

  • By mailing a check or money order. You must include your CWID on your check or money order (CWID explained in next section). Send check or money order to:

Attn: Graduate School
Texas A&M University-Commerce
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

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Attn: Graduate School
Texas A&M University-Commerce
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce, TX 75428

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Please submit your application to the program before you submit the following items. It is important that we receive your application in order to create a student file and issue you a student ID number (also known as a campus wide ID, or CWID) before we receive any additional items.
dots OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

Request official transcripts from all universities you have attended, including all undergraduate and graduate coursework. Your official transcripts can be mailed to:

Attn: Graduate School
Texas A&M University-Commerce
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

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Attn: Graduate School
Texas A&M University-Commerce
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce, TX 75428

The Graduate School can accept electronic transcripts that are sent directly from a U.S.-based university. Electronic transcripts may be sent to the Graduate School via Rebecca.Stevens@tamuc.edu

dots STATEMENT OF GOALS

Your Statement of Goals should be written as an essay and does not need to exceed two pages, double spaced. Tips for writing your Statement of Goals:

  • What is your area of study (linguistics, literature, composition, etc.)? The department already assumes you love to teach, read, write, and research so try to be specific on the specific genre/theories you love to teach, read, write, and research. 

  • Why do you want to study that particular area? “I am interested in these types of questions/theories…” 

  • What do you hope this degree leads to? What are your goals? Short term education goals, long term career goals.

  • Do we have any specific professors that you'd like to study under? This would be a great time to mention one of our professors and reference their work. Check out www.tamuc.edu/llcv for information on each of our professors. Click their names on the left hand side. 

Please email your completed Statement of Goals to the Graduate School via Rebecca.Stevens@tamuc.edu or upload to the "Document Upload System" (instructions for the "Document Upload System" are emailed to you after the University receives your application to the program).

dots WRITING SAMPLE

The Writing Sample should be an academic piece. It should reflect your ability to write at a graduate level. The sample does not need to exceed 10 pages. The topic of the paper is not important. Please email your completed Writing Sample to the Graduate School via Rebecca.Stevens@tamuc.edu or upload to the "Document Upload System" (instructions for the "Document Upload System" are emailed to you after the University receives your application to the program).

dots ONE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

Only one letter of recommendation is required. There is not a template for this letter. The letter should be composed by an individual that can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the Master's in English program. Please email your completed Letter of Recommendation to the Graduate School via Rebecca.Stevens@tamuc.edu or upload to the "Document Upload System" (instructions for the "Document Upload System" are emailed to you after the University receives your application to the program).

dots GRE

Do you need to take the GRE? Most likely not! We require at least one of the following:

  • Official GRE scores

  • Completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 3.0 overall graduate GPA

  • An awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with:

    • an overall GPA of at least a 3.00 or,

    • at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of the degree

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MUST ALSO SUBMIT:

International students mailing documents from outside the United States should use the following address:

Texas A&M University-Commerce (Graduate School)
ATTN: Rebecca Stevens, Graduate Svc Coordinator CHSSA
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce, TX 75428

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We will need official/original documents. If those documents happen to be the only copies you have in possession, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. If you would like your documents mailed back to you, please include 1) a note indicating which documents you would like mailed back to you and 2) a pre-stamped return envelope with your mailing address. Both of these
items need to be included in the package that you are sending with your original documents.

dots Transcripts

We will need official/original documents. If they are not translated into English, they will need to be sent to an evaluation agency, such as http://www.wes.org in advance. If those documents happen to be the only copies you have in possession, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. If you would like your documents mailed back to you, please include a prestamped return envelope with your mailing address in the package with your original documents.

dots Proof of English language proficiency, such as
  • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550). Scores must be less than two years old.

  • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band). Scores must be less than two years old.

  • Completed undergraduate or graduate degree from a country where English is the national/native language (ex: Canada, U.S.A.). You must have studied within the country, not at a branch/satellite campus in a non-English speaking country.

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

When you submit your ApplyTexas application or paper application, please allow one full business day for our University to receive your information. Once we receive your application, you will be sent a confirmation email from the Graduate School that contains information regarding your application and your student ID number (CWID). While most of your application items may be emailed directly to the Graduate School via Rebecca.Stevens@tamuc.edu, the Graduate School will also provide you instructions on how to use the "Document Upload System" as an alternative submission method.

If you 1) are a U.S. Citizen, 2) a new graduate student at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and 3) hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution, you will be granted Provisional Admission upon the submission of your www.applytexas.org application and application fee.

This does not mean you are fully admitted into the program, but it does mean you can enroll in one semester of courses before needing to submit the rest of your application items. Provisionally admitted students are not eligible for financial aid. Thus, you will need to complete all of the application requirements in order to utilize financial aid. Please contact the Graduate School via Rebecca.Stevens@tamuc.edu if you have further questions regarding Provisional Admissions.

Once your application is complete, your information will be sent to the Department of Literature and Languages for review. The application review process may take up to two weeks.

Let our staff assist you during your application process. We are happy to help!

Questions? Contact English@tamuc.edu

Visit our webpage at www.tamuc.edu/English

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