Graduate Admissions

The Department of English welcomes applications from all individuals to our Master of Arts (MA), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and joint MA/Ph.D. programs.

Fall Application Deadline


January 1

Learn more about admission requirements to the Graduate School. For questions about UConn English graduate admissions, email

Applications and Criteria

Students must apply to the UConn English graduate program through the Graduate School’s online system.

  • Please submit your CV, unofficial transcripts, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, and writing sample through the online application system. If a recommendation letter must be dispatched separately, it can be sent by mail to the Department of English or by email to the Graduate English Office, but this may delay your application review.
  • Applications to the English graduate program must be for either the MA or the Ph.D. program - not both. Applications for the MA/Ph.D. should be marked Ph.D
  • Please indicate whether you are interested in a Teaching Assistantship (TA) in your application. 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 the application.
  • The GRE is not required.

Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:


The University requires TOEFL or IELTS scores for all students whose native language is not English. For more information or to review circumstances under which this requirement can be waived, reference the Graduate School’s Application FAQs.

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 English Letter of Recommendation 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. Please download our Personal Letter of Application 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 Ph.D. application. The Graduate Admissions Committee would like to see a researched critical paper about 12-20 double-spaced pages.