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General Application Information

To apply to a graduate program in English, the University requires that all prospective students submit the following materials to Admissions:

  • an online application
  • a personal statement
  • the application fee
  • official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs previously attended
  • International students must submit English Proficiency test scores (see below for required minimum scores). Please see the International Admissions webpage for specific requirements for international applicants.

The Department of English requires that applicants also submit the following supplemental materials to Admissions in order to complete the application:

  • two letters of recommendation, preferably from professors or professionals who can speak to your potential as a graduate student
  • an academic (or professionally relevant) writing sample*

*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

Categories of Admission

The categories of admission into the English graduate studies program are degree, conditional, and non-degree. 

Degree Admission

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.

Conditional Admission

There are four conditional admission statuses:

  • Condition 1 admission is for students who have deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation—students, for example, who have degrees in fields other than English and/or who have taken fewer than 24 credit hours of undergraduate English. Students admitted with this condition may be asked to complete undergraduate courses before enrolling in any graduate courses.
  • Condition 2 admission is for students who have not yet earned their bachelor’s degree (e.g., students who apply before winter or spring graduation for fall admission). These students simply need to provide a transcript that demonstrates that they have completed their undergraduate degree.
  • Condition 3 admission is for students who are nonnative speakers of English and who score below the Graduate School and/or department minimum on the English proficiency examination(s). These students must take a placement test prior to starting classes at EMU. ESL classes will be recommended based on the student’s performance on the placement test.
  • Condition 4 admission is for students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement (3.0) and/or who graduated from a non-accredited institution. These students typically must complete nine to 12 credit hours in good academic standing before being granted regular admissions status. Students with this admission status now qualify for one year of financial aid.

 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

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.

GRE & Required Test Scores

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:

  • TOEFL PBT: 587
  • TOEFL iBT: 95
  • IELTS: 7.0 in all categories
  • MELAB: 80
  • PEARSON: 62

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).

Application Deadlines

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,  applications for which are accepted throughout the year and reviewed semi-annually.

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.

Transferring and Changing Concentration

If you are either transferring from another department or changing concentrations within the department, you will need to apply again. Be sure to contact with the relevant program coordinator before you go through the application process. Not only will the coordinator be able to help you establish whether or not you qualify for admission to the program, in some cases he or she may be able to waive certain application requirements to expedite the application process.