AdmissionMost 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).
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.