Admission to Program

To apply for admission to the English Composition Program, applicants must have all their transcripts forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions, CH-123, along with the Postbaccalaureate Graduate Application form. In addition, applicants should send their statement of purpose and writing sample as well as letters of recommendation to the English Department Graduate Coordinator.

The Graduate Committee cannot act on applications until they have been reviewed by the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment and have met university admissions requirements. The following schedule of dates has been established for Graduate Committee decisions.

Application Deadlines By Quarter
To begin the quarter of: Application and other materials must be received by: For decision contact the Graduate coordinator after:
Fall 2012 July 1, 2012 August 1, 2012
Winter 2013 November 1, 2012 December 1, 2012
Spring 2013 Jan. 23, 2013 March 1, 2013
Fall 2013 July 1, 2013 August 1, 2013
Winter 2014 November 1, 2013 December 1, 2013
Spring 2014 January 23, 2014 March 1, 2014
Fall 2014 July 1, 2014 August 1, 2014

A student who meets all entrance requirements except one or more course prerequisites or the minimum grade requirements may be admitted to the program as a conditionally classified graduate student. Conditionally classified students must fulfill certain conditions (such as taking or retaking prerequisite courses) within a specified period of time. Prerequisite courses cannot be counted toward the units required for the master's degree.

The specific requirements for admission as a classified graduate student in the English Department are:

  1. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in all undergraduate upper-division courses;
  2. Applicants who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution in a country where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 575 (computer-based score of 233 or internet-based score of 90) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
  3. Three letters of recommendation supporting the student's application. Letters should be from people able to make relevant comments on the student's likely success in English Composition with a Concentration in Composition, English Literature, or Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language, and on the student's competence in speaking and writing English;
  4. A one-page, typed statement of purpose briefly explaining the student's reasons (i.e. career objectives and research interests) for pursuing a graduate degree in English Composition with a Concentration in Composition, English Literature, or Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language;
  5. One writing sample (5-10 pages) that reflects the student's ability to write in edited English a balanced, well-reasoned argument or a clear, coherent presentation of information, such as a college term paper or a work-related report;
  6. Fulfillment of the graduate entrance writing requirement by passing, with a "B" (3.0) or better, ENG 306 (or an equivalent course) or the Writing Requirement Equivalency Exam (WREE), within seven years prior to acceptance into the program. Students who do not satisfy this requirement may be conditionally classified and required to take or repeat the course or exam;
  7. The following undergraduate courses or their equivalent with a minimum grade of "B" in each, taken in conjunction with a major in English or some other major:
    1. For the Concentrations in English Composition and English Literature:
      1. ENG 311. The English Language
      2. One of the following:
        • ENG 312. Theories of Language Acquisition and Learning
        • ENG 420. English Grammar I
        • ENG 422. History of the English Language
      3. One of the following:
        • ENG 301A. Analysis of Poetry
        • ENG 301B. Analysis and Writing of Poetry
        • ENG 302A. Analysis of Drama
        • ENG 302B. Analysis and Writing of Drama
        • ENG 303A. Analysis of Prose Fiction
        • ENG 303B. Analysis and Writing of Prose Fiction
        • ENG 304A. Analysis of Nonfiction Prose
        • ENG 304B. Analysis and Writing of Nonfiction Prose
      4. ENG 385. Literary Theory and Criticism
      5. One upper-division course in British literature.
      6. One upper-division course in American literature.
      7. One upper-division course in ethnic literature, literature of diversity, or literature by women.
    2. For the Concentration in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL):
      1. ENG 311. The English Language
      2. ENG 312. Theories of Language Acquisition and Learning
      3. ENG 420. English Grammar I

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