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Graduate Admissions Calendar

Priority Dates

  • Fall Semester: July 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • Summer Semester: April 1

Applicants must submit all required materials by the appropriate priority date for their intended semester of admission; however, because we process applications as they arrive, applicants—especially those hoping for funding as PhD students—are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible. Applications will not be reviewed until all required materials have been received.


Admissions: General Overview

The Department of English considers four criteria when assessing the applications of prospective MA, PhD, and non-degree seeking students:

  • GPA from undergraduate and/or graduate coursework
  • Recent GRE scores (within the last 5 years)
  • Writing sample
  • Letters of recommendation

All criteria are considered together, that is, holistically. Although no single factor will eliminate a prospective student from consideration, only those candidates who meet the appropriate standards listed below for at least three of the four criteria can be admitted unconditionally.

In addition to these criteria and other admission requirements set by the Graduate Office, the Department of English requires all international students to have speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in English (https://www.uta.edu/admissions/studyuta/apply/graduates.php).

The application process is competitive and funding is limited; we cannot guarantee that all qualified applicants can be admitted into our MA or PhD programs.


Criteria for Admission: MA Applicants 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.
  • For the GRE, a minimum score of 153 on the verbal section and a minimum score of 4.5 on the analytic writing section. We do not consider the math scores. We do not require the English subject test. GRE scores must be from the last 5 years. Note: UT Arlington undergraduates whose GPA equals or exceeds the minimum described above and who have graduated in the last three years with a major in English (or closely related program) qualify for a waiver of the GRE admissions requirement.
  • 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 english.gradadvisor@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 directly to the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Neill Matheson, at english.gradadvisor@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.)
  • For the GRE, a minimum score of 156 on the verbal section and a minimum score of 4.5 on the analytic writing section. 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, and/or interdisciplinary critical theory. Send the writing sample to the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Neill Matheson, at english.gradadvisor@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 MA program. Recommenders should send letters directly to the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Neill Matheson, at english.gradadvisor@uta.edu.

Support for PhD Students

Each academic year, we have a limited number of Dean’s Doctoral Assistantships available for PhD students who are unconditionally admitted. DDAs teach two courses a semester and receive in-state tuition rates, substantial tuition reimbursement, and a generous stipend. Interested applicants who have been unconditionally admitted should contact the Director of the First-Year Writing Program, Dr. Justin Lerberg, at jlerberg@uta.edu.