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Application & Admission

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IMPORTANT: All graduate students are required to join the Grad Students in English group on my.emich. Click here for more information.

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 or paper application
  • a personal statement
  • the application fee  (The fee for mailed applications is $35; and the fee for online applications is $25)
  • official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs previously attended
  • International students must submit English Proficiency test scores (see below for required minimum scores)

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 and to the Language Technology certificate program.

*2. Instead of an academic writing sample, Creative Writing applicants must send a creative writing portfolio, along with a copy of the personal statement they submitted to Admissions, directly to the English Graduate Coordinator.

Categories of Admission

The categories of admission into the English graduate studies program are degree, conditional, and non-degree. For a more detailed explanation of each category, please see the Graduate Handbook.

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, which only admits students for the fall semester and has a January 13 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 February 1. 

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 must fill out a Graduate Enrollment Change Form. 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.