Applicant FAQs

M.A. vs. Ph.D. Application

You do not need to have an M.A. to apply to the Ph.D. program. You should apply to the Ph.D. program if you intend on finishing your Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. You should apply to the M.A. program if you intend on earning a terminal Master's degree. Typically, master's students are teachers in the public schools or desire employment in community colleges.

Transfer Credit

Up to 15 units earned at other institutions can transfer into the Ph.D. program. Six graduate units can transfer into the M.A. program.

Letters of Recommendation

If your recommenders are unable to submit their letters online, please have them email the letter to the program assistant  or mail the letter on letterhead and sign the back of the envelope across the seal.

The address for mailing:

Program Coordinator, Literature
Department of English
PO Box 210067
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067

Yes, though letters from academic professionals are preferred.

Faxed and emailed recommendations are acceptable if on letterhead and signed. Our fax number is 520-621-7397. 

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

ETS only releases official scores for exams taken in the last five years. Because of this, we cannot accept scores older than five years. If the applicant has taken the test more than once, we take the highest score in each category.

The verbal and analytic scores are the most important parts of the GRE. Most applicants who are accepted are in the ninetieth percentile in the verbal or analytic categories. The quantitative score is noted, but largely ignored.

Please request that your official GRE scores be sent to School Code 4832 (University of Arizona).

Financial Aid

No. All our students are funded through Graduate Teaching Assistantships. There is no separate application.

The Literature program offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Tuition Scholarships, and Graduate Fellowships. Students with assistantships typically teach two sections of undergraduate composition. Pay varies depending upon one's academic degrees and progress in the program. Tuition (in- and out-of-state) and health insurance are fully covered for a .50 FTE assistantship (teaching two courses per semester). 

Graduate assistantships can be renewed from year to year according to your original contract letter.  GTS awards may be renewed depending upon availability.

In the past few years, all students entering the program received graduate assistantships. Graduate Fellowship monies may be available. The fellowships are need-based and a FAFSA form must be filled out in order to qualify.

Yes. However, the UA Student Fees must still be paid each semester.