English Graduate Program, Admission Requirements


Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts degree in English at UT Tyler provides exciting opportunities for study in the fields of literature, writing, and rhetoric. Its mission is to graduate students who have mastered advanced skills in critical thinking, textual interpretation, rigorous researching, and analytical writing. The program offers students a deepened understanding of literature's cultural intellectual legacy, the ability to write well and with discernment, and the skills needed to effectively acquire knowledge and to communicate ideas in preparation for employment or doctoral study.

Master of Arts in English—Total Credit Hours=36

Admission Requirements

a. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

b. A 10-15 page writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's capacity to engage in long-form research and writing. The writing sample should identify a research question, cite and engage with research/evidence of a primary or secondary source, and exhibit a familiarity with at least one methodological framework used in the field of English Studies, such as (but not limited to) close-textual analysis of literature, archival research, comparative/translation research, or pedagogical research

c. A minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0-point scale on at least forty-eight hours of upper-division course work.

d. A minimum grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.0-point scale on twenty-one hours of undergraduate English courses including at least twelve hours of upper-division work.

e. A single-page essay of maximum 500 words to state your purpose of pursuing an English MA. This essay should be single-spaced and word-processed. Submit the Statement of Purpose (as with all application materials) to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Snail mail:

The Office of Graduate Admissions, HPR 248
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd. Tyler, TX 75799

Email: gradadmissions@uttyler.edu

Fax: (903) 566-7475

f. Consideration is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, status as a first generation college graduate, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

g. Conditional admission may be granted if an admission requirement is not met in an otherwise strong application. 

Application Deadlines:

Fall Enrollment: Priority Date: May 1
Final Date: July 15

Spring Enrollment: Priority Date: Sept. 1
Final Date: Dec. 1