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Guidelines for Admission

Applications for Fall 2024 will open on October 12, 2023. Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for all application instructions and procedures.

The first consideration deadline is January 19, 2024.

For timely consideration of your application, please ensure that your application is complete by January 19th, including letters of recommendation.

How to Apply

A complete application consists of the documents and other materials listed on the Yeates School of Graduate Studies’ Document Checklist. You must apply online. For information on deadline dates, English language proficiency, and the online application, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

Here is some information and guidance regarding key elements of your English MA application:

To be considered for the English MA, you must have a minimum grade average of B or equivalent in your last 2 years of coursework. Subject to competition, applicants may be required to present averages above the minimum.   



This written statement should be approximately 500 words outlining your research interests and reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies in the English MA in Literatures of Modernity. Please indicate how your previous studies and experience have prepared you for the program and how the program relates to your long-term objectives. Also note at this moment whether you envision undertaking a major research project or a practicum. Should you be accepted into the program, the preference you state here is not binding.

Two letters of recommendation are required for your application. These reference letters are a key component of your application package, so give thoughtful consideration in selecting your letter writers.  Ideally, they should be able to comment on your academic achievements and your potential as a graduate student.  In most cases, the letter writers will be former professors or research supervisors familiar with your abilities. It is your responsibility to contact the referee and get their confirmation, before listing them as a reference on the online application form. Here is some helpful information on how to ask for a reference letter (external link, opens in new window) .

Your sample of work should be a scholarly writing sample of 2,500 to 3,500 words that best represents your ability to write for an academic audience. This is often a final essay from an upper-level English course that has been revised in light of a professor’s feedback.

To review a listing of all required documents, please refer to the Document Checklist.