Admission as a Degree-Seeking Student

The first step to earning your M.A. Degree is to meet the requirements outlined below.

Deadlines for Online Application and Receipt of All Required Materials:

March 1 for summer or fall enrollment. After March 1, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until August 15.

October 1 for spring enrollment. After October 1, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until January 15.

Degree-Seeking Application Requirements

  1. A completed application (online) to the College of Arts and Sciences graduate English program.
  2. Three confidential letters of recommendation. It is important that your letters address your relevant academic abilities and achievements. At least two letters should be from former professors. These letters are requested and submitted via the online application portal.
  3. A 7-10 page writing sample of literary analysis for MA English applicants, or 10-15 page creative writing sample/portfolio in one of the three main genres (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) for MA Creative Writing & Publishing applicants. For MA English applicants, this paper should be a close, analytical reading of a text rather than a broad overview of a topic. You may consider revising a previous paper to reflect your current writing and analytical abilities. Please include any research references in a bibliography. This paper can be uploaded with the online application.
  4. A ~500 word personal statement indicating your reasons for pursuing graduate study in English at St. Thomas, your academic plans, and your goals for a professional career in English.
  5. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Official sealed and stamped transcripts may be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions office at Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
  6. A minimum of five English Literature courses beyond the first year level with a grade of "B" or better for English applicants, or a record of experience in the field of English literature.
    A combination of at least five English and Creative Writing courses beyond the first year level, or a record of experience in the field of Creative Writing and/or Publishing.

Please note that taking a minimum of one class (3 credits) each semester qualifies degree seeking students for federal financial aid.

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