Admission and Application
We seek creative and ambitious graduate students who have achieved high levels of distinction and sophistication at well-regarded colleges and universities with rigorous BA/MA programs. You should have high GPAs (3.7 and above in English) from those institutions and typically have scored at or above the 90th percentile in the Verbal portion and/or 5 or above on the Essay portion of the GRE General Test. You should also have identified your fields/areas of study, your possible thesis/dissertation topics, and be looking to work with specific faculty in our department. To be considered for admission, you will need to provide:
- An official transcript of your undergraduate record and, for applicants to the Ph.D. program, graduate record.
- Recent GRE General Test scores (the GRE Subject Test is not required). Your score needs to be received by the application dates listed below.
- A recent resume
- Three letters of recommendation assessing your promise in graduate studies.
- A statement, in about 750 words or less, about your professional and intellectual goals, and your interest in graduate studies in English. Please ensure that your statement includes the following four points: the specific field of English studies that are you interested in; how you would like to contribute to existing research and criticism in your area of interest; the critical and scholarly approaches to literature you have found most productive; and the SLU faculty members you are looking to work with. While your plans may well change as a result of further study, your statement will help us to assess your grasp of the field, and your ability to describe your ideas coherently and compellingly.
- A 10-page writing sample which demonstrates competence in analyzing literary texts, and which may be an excerpt from a longer piece.
- The English department requires that you complete the Personal Potential Index as another means for us to make an admission decision. The PPI asks recommenders to evaluate your non-cognitive traits that research indicates may contribute to success in graduate programs. The link for the PPS is www.ets.org/ppi/ or for the direct link to the application. Either site will give you necessary information to set up a free account (for GRE test takers) and submit names for your references. A sample report is also available. You are to provide the names of (3-5) references who will receive a link to the PPI. You may use the same individuals who write your letters. You may use individuals who know you outside the classroom such as employers, individuals where you have done volunteer work, etc. By reviewing the sample PPI, you will know the best types of references. Applicants will receive an email each time a reference has submitted the form and when all are in, you need to go to your account to complete the final step that will send the information to our department.
To apply visit Graduate Education Website
Completed applications with all materials for admission and financial aid must be received by January 1. We do not admit students to begin in the Spring semester or the Summer session. 1818 instructors seeking a graduate degree should consult the Graduate Director in the English Department.
Important! Please do not forward any application materials directly to the English Department. All application materials must be submitted through the Graduate Education Admission.
- For application forms and more information, contact:
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