Apply to the M.A. IN English Program

apply for Spring 2022 admission by November 1 apply for Fall 2022 admission by January 15

Required Documents for Graduate College / M.A. in English Applications

Prospective students must submit applications for the M.A. in English program to the Graduate College Centralized Application System (CAS) portal. To begin your application, search for "FAU" and then select "English - Master of Arts – MA.”

Applications for the M.A. in English program must include official undergraduate transcripts, a statement of intent, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample and a CV or resume. The statement of intent, letters of recommendation, and writing sample may be uploaded and requested in the Program Materials section of the application. A CV/Resume is required in the Supporting Information section of the application. The GRE requirement has been waived for the current application cycle. 

Undergraduate transcripts

Applicants must submit official transcripts for the Registrar(s) of each college attended. 1 Please see the Graduate College's Graduate Admissions page for more information on how to submit/send transcripts and for guidance on credentialing and transcripts from non-U.S. institutions. 2

1 Applicants who previously attended FAU do not need to send their FAU transcripts.
2 For internal evaluation of foreign transcripts, transcripts must be received 30 days before the application deadline.

Statement of Intent

A statement of intent (3-4 pages) outlining your preparation for the M.A. in English program and potential areas of research interest. Your statement may address teaching experience, honors, advanced coursework, or research you have completed as well as awards you have earned or memberships you hold in literary or honor societies. The statement may indicate an author, text, or area of potential study. Your statement should indicate whether you wish to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. 

Two Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from university faculty. Since the most useful letters come from those with the ability to judge your preparation for graduate study in the field, we encourage you to submit letters from English professors.

Writing Sample

A writing sample (10-15 pages) of a single critical essay that demonstrates your ability to develop an interpretation of literature through textual analysis and/or critical research. As the writing sample is intended to show your potential to write graduate seminar papers, the submission of multiple, shorter essays is discouraged.

CV or Resume

An up-to-date CV or resume.

Non-Degree Seeking Students: Working professionals, teachers, and those returning to school after an extended period may want to take a graduate course before formally applying to the M.A. in English program or for enrichment. In these cases, prospective students may apply as Non-Degree Seeking Students. Please note that non-degree seeking students must obtain a professor's permission to enroll in their course. Only course grades of "B" or better can be applied to the M.A. in English degree.