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Students applying to the MA, MFA, or PhD degree programs must hold a BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university. Successful applicants generally have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or higher. Applicants holding an MA or MFA in English (or, in some cases, another appropriate discipline) are eligible for admission into the PhD program.

The BA-to-PhD track is available to applicants to any program who do not hold a MA or MFA degree in the field. Applicants to the BA-to-PhD track must submit application materials at the same time as other candidates (December 15th). Applicants accepted into the BA-to-PhD track will receive a teaching assistantship for the first year. Applicants who are denied admission into the BA-to-PhD track might instead be offered admission into the MA or MFA program.

Complete applications are due by December 15 for admission following fall semester. In order to be considered for admission, your application must be complete by this date. Please include your name on all application materials. All applications will be considered for funding during the admissions process; no separate application for funding is required. Applications submitted after the December 15 deadline will not be considered.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Utah Graduate online application system: https://app.applyyourself.com//?id=utahgrad. The English Department will not accept applications that are submitted by mail.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The online application system permits applicants to apply to only ONE of the department’s MA, MFA, or PhD programs. Please apply to the program you are most interested in pursuing. (You can, however, apply to both the MA and MFA programs.)

Please be sure to indicate in the appropriate places on the application your name, address, and the specific program to which you are applying. If you are applying for admission to our doctoral program but will not have a master's degree in the field of English upon entering our program, please choose “English-PHD,” and in the section labeled “Additional Information” indicate that you are applying to the BA-to-PHD track. Applicants to the BA-to-PhD track will automatically be considered for admission to the appropriate master's program if they are not admitted to the doctoral program.

All applications must include a statement of purpose describing your professional interests and goals and a substantial critical writing sample (at least six pages). The critical sample should demonstrate your ability to frame a critical argument and to conduct a sustained reading of a text or texts.

Applications for creative writing must include, in addition to the critical sample, a creative writing sample, either poetry, fiction, or non-fiction (approximately 10 pages). For the poetry sample, a small collection of poems is acceptable. For fiction or non-fiction samples, a short story or a chapter or selection from a novel, a memoir, or an essay is acceptable. If your fiction or non-fiction samples are short, you can submit more than one piece. Please submit creative samples only in the genre to which you are applying.

Writing samples must be uploaded via the online application system: https://app.applyyourself.com//?id=utahgrad.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The application software allows applicants to submit two files. Creative writing applicants must upload one critical and one creative sample. If your creative sample consists of several short pieces, you must incorporate them into one file before uploading. 

All applications must include three academic letters of recommendation from faculty who know your work and can assess your ability to do graduate work in English. Please submit the email addresses of your three recommenders via the online application system: https://app.applyyourself.com//?id=utahgrad.

The University must receive scores on the general GRE exam directly from ETS. The English graduate program sets no minimum cut-off score on this exam; we are interested in applicants' overall performance, especially on the verbal portion of the general exam. Please note that GRE scores tend to arrive approximately three weeks after the date of the exam. Therefore, you should plan to take the exam by the middle of November at the latest. GRE scores that arrive late will be added to your application, but this might affect your chances of admission. To expedite the arrival of your GRE scores, please use the University of Utah institution code (#4853) and the English Department code (#2501 for literature and cultural studies or #2503 for creative writing tracks). Note: Only the general GRE test is required. The English Department does not require, accept, or consider the GRE subject test in English Literature.

International applicants who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in English before they are eligible for  teaching fellowships. Proficiency is partly demonstrated by a TSE or SPEAK score (40 on the TSE, 180 on the SPEAK). International students who will hold teaching fellowships are normally also required to obtain certification through the University’s International Teaching Assistant Program. For more information on the ITA program, see: http://gradschool.utah.edu/ita/. International applicants must upload the appropriate fee, one official set of transcripts, and TOEFL results to: https://app.applyyourself.com//?id=utahgrad.

Applicants will be notified of application decisions by March 15.

The forms for application to the University of Utah Graduate Admissions and the Department of English can now be accessed at the following link: https://app.applyyourself.com//?id=utahgrad

Further information is available by contacting Gerri Mackey
gerri.mackey@utah.edu
(801) 581-7131

Complete applications are due by December 15 for admission following fall semester. In order to be considered for admission, your application must be complete by this date. Please include your name on all application materials. All applications will be considered for funding during the admissions process; no separate application for funding is required. Applications submitted after the December 15 deadline will not be considered.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Utah Graduate online application system: https://app.applyyourself.com//?id=utahgrad. The English Department will not accept applications that are submitted by mail.

If a deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, applications will be accepted through the following business day.

There is no longer an April 15th deadline for admission to the MA or MFA programs.

Applicants who apply for admission by the December 15th deadline will be notified of their admission status by March 15. Applicants cannot be advised of their admission status over the telephone, but they can check the status of their processed application through the online application system: https://app.applyyourself.com//?id=utahgrad.

To be considered complete, all items listed below must be submitted via the online application system by December 15th: https://app.applyyourself.com//?id=utahgrad.

  • A completed University of Utah Common Online Graduate Admissions Application, including an affidavit of support for International Students.
  • Payment of application fee ($55 for domestic applicants; $65 for international applicants) via the online application system.
  • Transcripts must be uploaded via the online application system. To facilitate this process you may request your unofficial transcripts, print them out, and upload them into the online application system in accordance with the directions here. If you are accepted into the program and choose to attend, you must then supply official transcripts mailed from your schools directly to the University of Utah Admissions Office.

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  • Official GRE scores sent directly to the University from ETS. When you take the GRE, please request that your scores be submitted to the University of Utah (#4853) and the English Department (#2501). Please note than universities and local testing centers no longer allow students to register for the GRE (or the TOEFL) through their local centers. You must register to take the GRE through the GRE website:http://www.ets.org/gre.
  • Statement of Purpose (see "Instructions for Application Submission").
  • Writing Sample (or, for creative writing applicants, Samples) (see "Instructions for Application Submission").

Three Academic Letters of Reference (see "Instructions for Application Submission").

You can check to see whether your application is complete by logging into the online application system using your user ID and the password you receive after completing your application and paying the application fee. You can also receive email verifications when your recommenders have uploaded their letters of recommendation to the electronic system.

Please note that due to the time required for processing updates on applications submitted after the first week of December might not be available on the Application deadline of December 15.

Is the GRE required?

Yes. We require the general GRE test only. We do not require or consider any subject tests.

What are the minimum scores required for admission?

The English graduate program sets no minimum cut-off score on this exam; we are interested in applicants' overall performance, especially on the verbal portion of the general exam.

I took the GRE [x] years ago. Are my scores still valid?

Scores are reportable for five testing years after the test is taken: http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/faq/.

When should I take the GRE to ensure that my scores are received in time?

GRE official test scores must be sent directly from ETS. To ensure that your scores arrive in time to be considered, we recommend that you take the GRE no later than the third week of November.

What is the deadline for applying to the graduate program?

The application deadline is December 15 to enroll the following fall semester.

Do you accept spring semester admission?

No. We only admit new students in the fall.

Do you offer any of your graduate courses online?

No. At this point we do not offer any graduate courses online.

Is it feasible to complete a graduate degree while also working full-time?

At this point, it would be difficult, as the vast majority of our classes are scheduled during the standard workday. Please contact the graduate advisor for further information.

What is the maximum length for critical and creative writing samples?

There is no absolute limit, but in order to assure that the committee will have the time to consider your writing sample or sample carefully, you should limit your samples to 10-12 pages for a critical sample and 15-20 pages for a creative sample.

How long does it take to complete a Master’s or Doctorate degree in your program?

Most Master’s and MFA students complete the program in 2-4 years, and most PhD students complete the program in 4-6 years. Do remember that these are only rough averages; there is no guarantee of completion in a specified length of time. If you are receiving department funding and a tuition waiver, there is a two-year funding limit for the MA and MFA and a four-year limit for PhD students. Beyond those limits, however, there are fellowship and teaching opportunities, especially for PhD students.

When and how will applicants be informed of acceptance status?

Applicants will receive official emails from the Department of English and the online application system. You should expect to be notified by March 15.

How many students do you accept into the program every year?

The number of applicants accepted depends on the application pool in a given year. In general, we accept roughly ten percent of applicants in all programs combined.

Can I apply to multiple programs at once?

You may apply to only ONE track within the MA and PhD programs. You can, however, apply to both the MA and MFA programs.

Don't see your question covered here? Call the English office at (801) 581-6168 or contact the graduate advisor.

The GRE is administered through the Testing Center at the University of Utah and at other academic institutions throughout the state. For more information on the examination, go to www.gre.org or call (609) 771-7670. For information on times and locations of the examination at the University of Utah, go to www.sa.utah.edu/testing/ or call (801) 581-8744.

 

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Last Updated: 6/30/17