Applying to the Graduate Program in English

Application forms and instructions can be accessed through the Graduate School website. Note that the application to the Graduate Program in English must be for either the MA or the PhD, not both.  Applications for the MA/PhD should be marked “PhD.”  Please be sure to use the tab for Fall 2021 for submission of your application.

For admission in the Fall, complete applications must reach the University of Connecticut by January 1.

Your application form must be submitted through the Graduate School’s online system. Please include your unofficial transcripts, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, and writing sample.

All recommendation letters should be sent on-line through the Graduate School website. If a recommendation letter must be dispatched separately, it can be sent by mail to the English Department, or by email to the Graduate English Office, however this may delay your application review.

There is no separate application for a Teaching Assistantship (TA).

If you wish to be considered for an award from the Graduate School, please indicate it on your application.  The Graduate Executive Committee can only consider those applicants who have communicated their interest in these awards.  Please follow the link to the Graduate School’s Internal Fellowships Awards page for more information regarding the fellowships.

Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • GRE Scores.  GRE scores are no longer required.
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores. The University requires TOEFL or IELTS scores for all students whose native language is not English.
  • GPA. It is rare that a candidate is admitted with a GPA of less than 3.2 (on a 4.0 basis) or 3.4 in the candidate’s major field. The English Department’s Graduate Admissions Committee does make exceptions on occasion when the candidate’s junior and senior years of college work show substantial improvement over the freshman and sophomore years.
  • Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation are required. Students should ask for letters from professors who know them well, preferably from their last two years of coursework. We suggest contacting your professors several months before our application deadline. Please have recommendation letters submitted directly through the Graduate School’s application website. Please do not send recommendations by Interfolio. If a recommendation letter must be dispatched separately, it may be sent by mail to the English Department, or by email to the Graduate English Office. In such a case, please use this cover sheet.
  • Personal Statement. This essay of about 750 words gives the English Department’s Admissions Committee some idea of the applicant’s writing style, range and depth of ideas, quality of mind, and motivation to embark on an advanced degree program in English and American Literature. Please download our personal statement cover sheet and include it with your essay in the online application system. Please be sure your proposed field of concentration is showing on the top line of your personal statement.
  • Writing Sample. A writing sample is required for both the MA and the PhD application. The Graduate Admissions Committee would like to see a researched critical paper about 12-20 double-spaced pages.