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Graduate Advisor
Dr. Teya Rosenberg
Flowers, Room 358

Advisor Support
Dr. Flore Chevaillier
Flowers, Room 361

Students in the literature program have the extraordinary opportunity to hear and meet a wide variety of writers. Most authors stay for a few days, giving readings, attending receptions, visiting classes, and meeting with graduate students. Other major writers join the faculty for two-year terms.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.A. 30 Thesis Minor required

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard* June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

*The Fall 2019 deadline has been updated to June 1, 2019 for both domestic and international applicants.


Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding. Read additional information about departmental funding opportunities below.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


Application Fee(s)

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.25 GPA in a minimum of 24 hours of undergraduate English, including at least 12 advanced hours

  If your English GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.25, official GRE (general test only) scores and additional documents are required. Read additional information below.

GRE Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) scores not required unless your English GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.25. Read additional information below.


  • additional documents not required unless your English GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.25. Read additional information below.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

Additional Information

  GPA and Additional Requirements
If your English GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.25, please submit the following items in order to be considered for conditional admission*: 

  • official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning section
  • two letters of recommendation
  • writing sample of non-fiction prose, preferably literary analysis

*Conditional admission is not available to applicants who require "F" or "J" visas.

  Funding Information
If you are applying for a departmental graduate assistantship (IA/TA), you must submit required materials for both the literature program and the IA/TA position by January 15 for the following academic year.