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English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
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Master of Arts in English

Application for Admission

Admission to our program is competitive and entails completion of the Graduate Application for Admission, payment of the requisite application fee to the Graduate School, and submission of the following supplementary materials, which must be sent directly to the Graduate Director:

  • Two confidential letters of reference. These letters should be written by those most able to address your academic work, written and verbal skills, and promise of achievement at the graduate level. Your referees should send their letters directly to the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • A writing sample. Your writing sample should take the form of a one-page typewritten statement of purpose in which you outline your educational background, teaching and/or research experience (if any), and reasons for pursing an MA in English.
  • A completed graduate assistantship application form. Please note that this form is only required of those students seeking funding.
  • TOEFL and TWE scores. These are required of international students. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are received by the Graduate Director. Incomplete applications will be denied.

Decisions regarding admission to our program are made on a rolling basis. Decisions regarding Assistantships for qualified applicants to our program are typically made in the Spring semester. To ensure full consideration for an Assistantship, all supplementary materials must be received on or before April 15th.

If you have been recently accepted for admission to our program, or if you are a continuing student, we encourage you to use this webpage as an informational resource.

Students newly admitted to the program should be certain to register for ENGL 5000: Introduction to Graduate Studies, typically offered in the Fall semester. New students should also familiarize themselves with additional course requirements, possible electives and areas of emphasis, and graduate courses currently scheduled

New students are also required to complete a Program of Study and submit it to the Graduate Director for review and approval. The Program of Study should reflect your specific literary/pedagogical/theoretical interests as well as meet the programmatic breadth and depth requirements established by the Graduate Faculty in the department. Please complete our MA program's worksheet and submit it to the Graduate Director for approval.

As a capstone to graduate study in our program, students are required to successfully complete one of the following:

If you have specific questions about the nuts and bolts of our program, or would like to hear what current and former graduate students have said about the program, please contact:

Department of English and Philosophy
Martin Building 336
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64094
Phone: (660) 543-4425
Fax: (660) 543-8544