To apply to a graduate program in English, the University requires that all prospective students submit the following materials to Admissions:
The Department of English requires that applicants also submit the following supplemental materials to Admissions in order to complete the application:
*1.The writing sample is optional for applicants to the Linguistics MA program.
*2. Instead of an academic writing sample, Creative Writing applicants must send a creative writing portfolio.
If you are unable to apply online, all paper application materials should be sent to:Eastern Michigan University Office of Admissions P.O. Box 970 Ypsilanti, MI 48197
The categories of admission into the English graduate studies program are degree, conditional, and non-degree.
Degree admission is granted to students who meet the department's grade point requirement of 3.0 and who have an undergraduate major or minor in the area of concentration specified in the application.
There are four conditional admission statuses:
Students should let their advisors know when they have met their conditions.
Most programs do not grant Departmental Graduate Assistantships to students admitted conditionally. Students admitted conditionally are given degree status when they have fulfilled the requirements specified on the admission recommendation form.
Non-degree admission allows students to take courses for self improvement or to demonstrate potential for success in the graduate program. Students in this category must get permission from a departmental graduate advisor before registering for any graduate classes.
Students who enroll as non-degree and who decide to earn a degree must transfer to degree admission status before completing 10 credit hours of applicable courses. Courses taken in this admission category do not automatically apply to the degree, so students should talk with an advisor about appropriate courses.
The GRE is not required for admission into the English graduate program, although it can be a useful supplement to other credentials.
International students from non-English speaking countries must have the following minimum score in one of the following English Proficiency tests:
If the scores are lower, students may be admitted on the condition that their proficiency in English will be tested by EMU faculty prior to their initial enrollment period (Condition 3 Admission). Depending on the results of these tests, students may be required to register for appropriate courses in English as a Second Language (ESL).
Admissions to English MA programs are on a rolling basis (with exceptions noted below).
Priority deadlines for applications are generally October 15 for winter, March 15 for spring, April 15 for summer, and May 15 for fall. However, the priority deadlines are not strictly followed.
The first exception to this is the Creative Writing program, which only admits students for the fall semester and has a December 15th (or closest business day) deadline for applications.
The second exception is for students who wish to apply for graduate assistantships, which tend to run for a full academic year beginning in the Fall semester. For those applying for graduate assistantships, applications are due by January 23.
See the deadlines page for more information.
If you are either transferring from another department or changing concentrations within the department, you must fill out a Graduate Enrollment Change Form found in the Graduate School Forms Library. Be sure to talk with the relevant program coordinator first to make sure that you qualify for admission to the program into which you are transferring. Please note that students transferring programs must submit a new personal statement that describes their interest in the new program.