Texas Tech University

Graduate Admissions - Creative Writing, Linguistics, and Literature

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,  Comparative Literature, 19th-Century Studies, Film and Media Studies, or Literature, Social Justice, and Environment. 

For students applying to begin their onsite degrees in Fall 2017, we expect to offer approximately $100,000 in competitive scholarships and fellowships. For students applying to begin their online MA degree in Spring 2017, we do not offer scholarships and fellowships.

We review applications twice each year, immediately after our November 1 application deadline for Spring MA online admissions and December 15 application deadline for Fall MA and PhD onsite admissions.  We do  not offer an online PhD program. Students admitted typically begin classes during the fall semester, though  exceptions are made for online students wishing to begin study in spring and onsite students wishing to begin in fall. 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.

  • November 1, 2016 falls on a Tuesday, and it is our deadline for Spring online MA admissions
  • December 15, 2016 falls on a Thursday, and it is our deadline for Fall onsite admissions
  • We do not admit onsite students in Spring semesters - when applying to the Graduate School, onsite MA and PhD. applicants should not select Spring 2017 as their admissions date; it will take a $50 change fee to move you to the Fall 2017 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 the appropriate deadlines. 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. We require applicants to:

  1. Fill out the online application at ApplyTexas
  2. Complete the departmental application form:
    1. Download the MA onsite application for Fall 2017
    2. Download the MA online application for Spring/Fall 2017
    3. Download the Ph.D. onsite application for Fall 2017
  3. Provide a GRE score report
  4. Provide a 8-10 page critical writing sample for literature and linguistics applicants and a creative writing sample for creative writing applicant
  5. Send 3 letters of recommendation. Please have recommenders directly email their letters to the address below.

Items 2-5 can be sent to english.gradadvisor@ttu.edu

The deadline for students wishing to begin study in Fall 2017 is December 15, 2016

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 2017 is

DECEMBER 15, 2016

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.


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