Admission Requirements

If you are applying for summer or fall admission, your application will receive priority consideration if we receive it by March 1. For spring admission, the deadline is October 1. 

Admission requirements

Due Dates: For students applying for Summer and Fall semester, priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 1; for Spring, by October 1. 

Admission to the program is based on the following components and Application Requirements/Deadlines:

  1. A bachelor's degree with extensive preparation in English (the course work equivalent of an English minor);
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.00 overall;
  3. Graduate Record Examination General scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical);
  4. A completed Missouri State University Application for Graduate Admission; and
  5. The following materials must be received in the English Department:
    • A Personal Statement (a 200- to 250-word description of the reasons and goals behind your interest in English graduate studies);
    • At least two letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak of the applicant's academic achievements and potential;
    • A writing sample (a 10-15 page critical paper in English or portfolio of writing samples);
    • Graduate Assistantship Application if the prospective student would like to be considered for this award.

Applicants will be notified by mail once their application is complete.  Students who do not meet 1 and 2, above, but show high promise, may be admitted conditionally.  As conditions of admission, they may be required to take extra courses to make up deficiencies (including weaknesses in writing) or they may have other requirements stipulated.

*For students interested in the TESOL track, course work in language and linguistics will be considered in lieu of literature courses).