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Graduate Admissions - English (LCWL)

General Information

The Department of English welcomes applications for the MA and PhD in the general areas of British or American literature, comparative literature, creative writing, or linguistics. Within these areas, students may opt for a concentration in Book History, 19th-Century Studies, Film and Media Studies, or Literature, Social Justice, and Environment. 

For students applying in December 2014 to begin in Fall 2015, we expect to offer approximately $100,000 in competitive scholarships and fellowships.

We review applications once each year, immediately after our December 16 application deadline*.  Students admitted in this application review typically begin classes during the fall semester, though occasional exceptions are made for students wishing to begin study in the summer. Fall semester begins with an orientation that familiarizes students with our academic procedures and policies and gives them a chance to meet faculty and each other. 

All students admitted to the onsite graduate program are automatically considered, too, for department and university scholarships and fellowships as well as other forms of financial assistance. Admitted onsite students will also be invited to visit the Department of English at our expense during our annual Recruitment Weekend.

  • *December 15, 2014 falls on a Monday, and it is our deadline
  • Fill out the online application at ApplyTexas.
  • We do not admit onsite students in Spring semesters - when applying to the Graduate School, do not select Spring 2015 as your admissions date; it will take a $50 change fee to move you to the Fall 2015 term if you do so.  The College  of Arts and Sciences only offers GPTI training, which is required for students with assistantships, in fall semesters.

Required Applications and Documents

Applications and all supporting documents must be received by December 15, 2015. Applicants must hold a master's degree to begin their doctoral studies.  The English Department does not admit students with a bachelor's degree directly into the doctoral program.

For the Graduate School

  • Read the website for US Citizen/Permanent Resident application procedures, OR
  • Read the International Applicant application procedures, as appropriate
    • Note: Although Texas Tech University partners with ELS to offer conditional admission to the university for English proficiency, ELS students must also be accepted by a TTU department.  Conditional admission to TTU does not guarantee admission to the English graduate program.
  • Visit the Graduate School's How Do I Apply page and follow the steps

Admissions Requirements

The Department of English reviews all applications holistically, evaluating every aspect of a candidate's application file. Applicants are neither ruled out nor admitted solely on the basis of GRE scores, GPA, or any other single quantitative factor. Probable success in graduate work, as indicated by all available evidence, is the final criterion for admission.

Still, on average, successful applications to the M.A. program in English usually show the following:

  • B.A. in English, or a B.A. in a related field plus a minimum of 12 hours of advanced undergraduate coursework in English
  • 3.75 GPA in all undergraduate English courses
  • Scores of 550 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE General Exam (156/146 in the new system), and a score of 5.0 on the writing portion

On average, successful applications to the Ph.D. program in English typically show the following:

  • An M.A. in English, an M.F.A. in English or Creative Writing, or an M.A. or M.F.A. in a related field plus a minimum of 12 hours of graduate coursework in English.  We do not admit applicants with a bachelor's degree directly into our doctoral program.
  • A 3.85 GPA in all graduate English courses
  • Scores of 600 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE General Exam (160/148 in the new system), and a score of 5.0 on the writing portion
deadlines and forms

The deadline for students wishing to begin study in Fall 2015 is

DECEMBER 15, 2014


GRE Requirements
  • We require the GRE General Examination but not the Subject Test. Prospective applicants should take the GRE early enough for official scores to arrive by the application deadline.

    The new GRE scoring system is available for download.