Admission to the Graduate English Program

Applicants may seek admission to the program as a degree-seeking, non-degree-seeking, or a certificate student. Each program has different requirements and benefits. While an undergraduate English or creative writing major is the best preparation for master's level work, students will a strong liberal arts or interdisciplinary background may also be accepted, provided they have met the admissions requirements. There are two formal application deadlines each year—March 1 for summer or fall enrollment and October 1 for spring enrollment. We also review applications on a rolling basis after these deadlines until August 15 (for fall) and January 15 (for spring). The application is free and is accessible online through the College of Arts and Sciences Application portal.

Completed applications are reviewed by the Graduate Committee within two weeks of the deadlines and admission decisions are normally mailed to applicants within one month of the deadlines.

Degree-Seeking Admission for the MA Programs

The first step to earning your M.A. Degree in English or Creative Writing & Publishing is to meet the requirements outlined in this section.

Non-Degree-Seeking Admission

Want to "try on" our program? Our non-degree option is right for you.

Certificate in Teaching College English Admission

Certificate program students take the same classes as degree-seeking students so admissions requirements are the same.

Conversion from Non-degree to Degree Admission

Have you completed two courses as a non-degree student? Time to learn more about converting to a degree-seeking student!

Combined BA/MA Admission

The BA/MA program allows exceptional undergraduate students to enroll in graduate-level courses to get a jump start on their MA education.

International Admission

Non-residents of the United States are welcome and encouraged to apply! Learn more in this section.

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Note: The University of St. Thomas is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to section 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.