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Master of Arts in English

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 1

  • Minimum GRE score: not set
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 overall, higher in courses in major
  • Majored in English as an undergraduate, with at least 18 hours in upper division courses in literature or linguistics. Students with other undergraduate majors may be admitted provided their background in English studies is suitable and provided they complete an appropriate course of preliminary study. Promising students who do not meet one or more of these criteria may at the discretion of the director of graduate studies be encouraged to enroll as non-degree graduate students.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the English Program (go to website for details)

  • English department application (built into the Graduate Studies online application)
  • GRE scores: The general test is required. Students are also welcome to submit subject test scores, and strongly encouraged to do so if their previous work is in a field other than English. Official scores are required for the English department only. MU's GRE code is 6875.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (approximately 500 words): The admissions committee is interested in your past academic interests, including specific papers and projects you have worked on, and what you wish to accomplish as a graduate student. If you wish to pursue a particular emphasis (Creative Writing, Folklore, etc.), you should explain why. The Statement of Purpose serves as your request to be considered for a Graduate School fellowship.
  • Writing sample One 15-20 page scholarly paper for students applying for Literature Studies or for English Language and Linguistics. Creative Writing applicants should submit one critical/scholarly paper and one of the following: a sample of your fiction (15-30 pages), creative non-fiction (15-20 pages), or poetry (15-20 pages).

Admission contact information

Victoria Thorp
114A Tate Hall
Department of English
Columbia, MO 65211