Admission Requirements

Students who plan to enter the program at the MA level (having completed the BA)

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate major in English or the equivalent (approximately 30 units of upper-division literature courses) with a grade-point average of at least 3.50 in literature courses.

Students who plan to enter the program at the PhD level (having completed the MA in English)

  • Applicants planning to enter the program at the PhD level must have completed an MA in English (literature). Those with related degrees (such as an MFA in Creative Writing or an MA  in American Studies) will begin our program at the MA level, though they may be able to transfer in up to 6 units of graduate course work pertinent to the degree.



When you apply to our program using the Graduate College online portal:

  • You should apply to the MA in ENGLISH ONLY if you are not interested in the possibility of continuing for the PhD in our program.  If you are admitted to the program having completed the MA application and then decide to go on to the PhD in our department, you will have to re-apply, submitting all required documents and fees again on the Graduate College online portal.
  • If you think you may want to continue for the PhD, you should apply directly to the PhD in English (even if you will be entering the program at the MA level).


Please see the MA/PhD application page for more information on required documents/exams for admission: 


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