English

MA-English  (MA-ENG)
MS-English  (MS-ENG)

Area of Emphasis available:

For the preparation of college teachers of English, the Department of Literature and Languages offers a Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), a Master of Arts in English, and a PhD in English. For the preparation of high school teachers of English, the department offers the Certificate in TESOL, Master of Arts in English, and a Master of Science in English. In addition, doctoral students may pursue a comprehensive minor in English recommended especially for supervisors of programs in English education.

Masters applicants onlyGRE SCORES:  For the GRE score requirement, you must meet one of the following:

a. Official GRE scores or
b. Completed master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 3.00 overall GPA or
c. An awarded bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with:
          i.  at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of the degree or
          ii.  an overall GPA of at least a 3.00 on degree
Portfolio:  The portfolio should include a writing sample and statement of goals.  The department prefers a writing sample from a previous course (no more than 20 pages).  The statement of goals should identify the prospective student's area of interest (Film Studies, Linguistics, American Literature, British Literature, Composition Studies, etc.) and reason for the degree.

Specific requirements and procedures for graduate work and applications for assistantships may be obtained from the Head of the department or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Departmental Website

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • Portfolio of written work including a statement of goals and a writing sample

  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation
  • At least one of the following:

    • Official General Test GRE scores or
    • A completed master's degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 overall GPA or
    • An awarded bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with:
      • at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of the degree or
      • an overall GPA of at least a 3.00 of the degree

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university, or

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.

International student applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration:          June 1

Spring admission consideration:     October 15

Summer admission consideration:  March 15