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M.A. Program Requirements for Admission:

Most students admitted to the M.A. program in English have completed an undergraduate degree in English or an allied field with a record of academic distinction. The application to the M.A. program requires a 3.0 mimimum GPA, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Aptitude Test scores, taken within the last five years, at or above the 60th percentile on the verbal and analytical scales; a strong writing sample of critical work from an undergraduate class; three letters of recommendation; and a personal statement that addresses your reasons for pursuing a Masters degree and, if you are applying for a graduate teaching assistantship, your potential as a teacher. Non-native English speakers must present TOEFL scores of at least 550 for the written exam or at least 213 for the on-line version.

The graduate application deadline is January 15th.

Application Materials:

The following materials should be submitted online through the University Graduate Online Application:

  • Graduate Admission Application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • C.V.
  • Personal Statement (300-600 words for a research statement alone or 600-1000 words for a research and teaching statement) This should address your reasons for pursuing a Masters degree in English (and, if you are applying for a GTA position, your potential as a teacher).
  • Writing Sample: an 8-10 page paper featuring a critical analysis of a literary or cultural text (film graphic novel), supported by secondary research. (This can be uploaded in the Supplemental Materials section of the application.)

In addition, applications require:

  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • GRE General Aptitude Test Scores (GRE/TOEFL Code: 5904)
  • Official Transcripts (which should be sent to: Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, West Virginia University, P.0. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510)
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