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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 Graduate Program recognizes, however, that not all people fit this profile and welcomes applications from individuals who can make a strong case that they will succeed in the M.A. program. The applicant must supply the following:
  • academic transcripts from all postsecondary institutions;
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Aptitude Test scores, taken within the last five years, preferably at or above the 60th percentile on the verbal and analytical-writing scales;
  • a strong sample of critical writing in literary or cultural studies (approx. 8-10 pp.);
  • three letters of recommendation; and
  • a statement of purpose (approx. 1-2 pp).
Non-native English speakers must present TOEFL scores of at least 550 for the paper-based exam or 79 for the Internet-based exam; or IETLS scores of at least 6.5.

Applicants who have been away from school for a long period of time may wish to use the statement of purpose, in part, to explain their decision to return for an advanced degree in English. The M.A. Admissions Committee is responsible for evaluating all application materials and for making admissions decisions.

Please note:  applicants who hold only a B.A. degree but intend to pursue a Ph.D. at WVU should apply directly to the Ph.D. program.

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
  • Writing Sample (upload as “supplemental application” on Supplemental Materials page)
  • Personal Statement (upload as “personal statement” on Supplemental Materials page)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must present TOEFL Scores

In addition, applications require:

  • GRE General Aptitude Test Scores (WVU’s GRE Code is 5904)
  • Transcripts (send to: Office of Graduate Admissions, West Virginia University, P.0. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506)

For additional information about the M.A. Program, please contact Dr. Adam Komisaruk, M.A. Program Coordinator.


Phone: 304-293-9724