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Graduate Admissions Calendar

US Students

Spring Semester: November 15

Summer Semester: April 15

Fall Semester: June 15

International Students, Permanent Residents, Resident Aliens

Spring Semester: September 15

Summer Semester: February 1

Fall Semester: April 1


For both the MA and the PhD, as well as for non-degree seeking (a k a special) students, we consider four criteria for admission:

1. GPA from undergraduate and/or graduate work

2. Recent GRE scores (within the last 5 years)

3. A sample of academic writing &

4. Three letters of recommendation

Prospective students must submit all required materials (i.e., official transcripts, GRE scores, a writing sample, and recommendation letters) in order for their application to be processed. All criteria are considered together, in a holistic way. Though no single factor will eliminate a prospective student from consideration, for unconditional admission, candidates must meet the standards listed below for at least three of the four criteria.

We have a limited number of enhanced graduate teaching assistantships (EGTAships) for doctoral students who are unconditionally admitted. EGTAs teach two courses a semester and receive in-state tuition rates, tuition reimbursement, and a stipend. Interested applicants should contact the Director of First Year Writing after they have been unconditionally admitted.

In addition to the admission requirements set by the Graduate School, the English Department requires all international students to have speaking, reading, and writing competence in English. 


Criteria for Admission: MA Program and Non-Degree Seeking Students

  •  A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate work, with a minimum of 3.4 in the English major or upper-level English courses. Students without an English major must have at least 12 hours of upper-level coursework in English.

  •  GRE scores: a minimum of 500 on the old verbal section or at least 153 on the new verbal section and a score of 4.5 on analytic writing. We do not consider the math scores. We do not require the English subject test. GRE scores must be from the last 5 years.

  •  A writing sample of 10 to 15 pages that demonstrates a sophisticated prose style and the ability to construct complex arguments. Send the writing sample to the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Neill Matheson, at matheson@uta.edu.

  •  Three letters of recommendation that attest to the prospective student's intellectual and scholarly potential. At least two of these should be from former professors. Recommenders should send letters to the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Neill Matheson, at matheson@uta.edu.

Criteria for Admission: PhD Program

  •  A minimum GPA of 3.5 in the student's MA in English or a very closely related field. (If the MA is not in English, we will consider the undergraduate GPA as well as that of the MA. Moreover, if the MA is not in a very closely related field, the prospective student will be admitted to the MA program in English, not the PhD program.)

  •  GRE scores: a minimum of 550 on the old verbal section or at least 156 on the new verbal scale and a score of 4.5 on analytic writing. We do not consider the math scores. We do not require the English subject test. GRE scores must be from the last 5 years.

  •  A writing sample of 15 to 20 pages that demonstrates a sophisticated prose style, the ability to engage in intellectually rigorous modes of analysis, and a strong knowledge of rhetoric, composition studies, literary studies, cultural studies, or interdisciplinary critical theory. Send the writing sample to the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Neill Matheson, at matheson@uta.edu.

  • Three letters of recommendation that attest to the student's intellectual and scholarly potential. At least two of these must be from former professors; at least one must be a professor from the student's Master's program. All criteria are considered together, in a holistic way. No single factor will eliminate a prospective student from consideration. However, not all qualified students will be admitted, as our capacity is limited by faculty and student financial support. Recommenders should send letters to the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Neill Matheson, at matheson@uta.edu.