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Graduate Admissions

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 2013 to begin in Fall 2014, we expect to offer approximately $100,000 in competitive scholarships and fellowships.

We review applications once each year, immediately after our December 15 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.

How to Apply

Applying to the graduate program in English is a two-step application process: 

  1. All applicants must complete the general application to the Graduate School and pay the fee that accompanies that application. GRE scores and official transcripts should also be sent to the Graduate School.
  2. All applicants must also complete the application to the Department of English, which includes: the application form, a CV, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and three recommendation letters.

Both applications and all supporting documents must be received by December 16, 2013.

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

For the English Department

We support electronic submission of the Department's application materials, according to the instructions provided on each form. 

Read and complete the department's Application Materials and submit all documents to the Director of Graduate Studies

  • MA Application Form
  • PhD Application Form

    : 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.
Important Notes
  • Our next deadline is December 16, 2013, for students wishing to begin study in Fall 2014.
  • The application forms for Fall 2014 have been updated and are now available for downloading.
  • 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 here.

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:

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