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Applying for Admission

Admission Requirements

Applicants planning to apply for admission to the M.A. in English program, including both the Literature and the Rhetoric and Composition degree emphases, must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A B.A. in English. Applicants without a bachelor’s degree in English are required to have a strong background in the field. They should discuss their qualifications with the Director of the program.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 for the last sixty semester credit hours of undergraduate work.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score on the Verbal section of at least 500 according to the GRE testing score scale on or before August 2011, or a 153 according to the scale after August 2011. Scores on sections other than the Verbal Section are for information purposes only.

Application Process

To apply for admission to the M.A. in English program (either the Literature or the Rhetoric and Composition emphasis), applicants must do the following:

  1. Fill out the Graduate College application online.
  2. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office, MS-1110, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725.
  3. Have scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  4. Upload to the Graduate College application site:
    • An essay of 500-700 words explaining your goals in pursuing graduate study in your chosen degree emphasis within the M.A. in English program.
    • A writing sample of 8 to 10 pages, preferably academic writing completed within the past several years. The writing sample must be accompanied by a brief statement of the context for which the writing was done. For applicants who completed their undergraduate work more than one year before their application, professional writing of similar length, such as a grant proposal, a newsletter, or a business report may be submitted to fulfill this requirement.
  5. Request three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic work. These letters must be requested and submitted via the Graduate College application site.

For more information, contact the Director, M.A. in English >or check the Admissions FAQ


Application Deadlines

  • January 15 – deadline for receipt of all application materials for Fall Semester admission for students also applying for Teaching Assistantships. If a prospective student does not wish to be considered for funding, he or she may apply for Fall admission any time up to April 15.
  • April 15 – deadline for receipt of all application materials for Fall Semester admission. This is for applicants not applying for a Teaching Assistantship.
  • October 15 – deadline for receipt of all application materials for Spring Semester admission.

Applicants are responsible for making sure all required application materials are received by the deadline.