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"Every seminarwithout exceptionrevealed to me a new part of myself; I credit Grand Valley’s amazing English faculty in large part for this phenomenon." Ann Hayward (2010)

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University Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Submission of all required admission materials, including:
    1. Completed graduate application for admission
    2. $30 nonrefundable application fee (waived if you have previously applied to Grand Valley and paid the fee)
    3. Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. NOTE:  We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley
    4. Test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) for applicants whose native language is not English. The following minimum scores are expected: TOEFL is 80, IELTS is 6.5, and MELAB is 77.

Master of Arts in English Program Requirements

Requirements for consideration of admission into the program are as follows:

  1. A completed graduate application
  2. A writing sample. The ideal writing sample will reflect the applicant's ability to produce a fully-developed literary-critical argument, including close reading, analytical thinking, and fluent writing. Although applicants usually submit a paper of at least 8-10 pages demonstrating an effective use of scholarly sources, the writing sample need not meet this description at all points for the application to be considered
  3. A brief statement of purpose, which should be approximately 250 to 500 words explaining your academic preparation, interest in this program, and professional goals
  4. A maximum of 9 graduate credits earned prior to graduate admission may apply to degree requirements.

Deadlines: The English M.A program has a rolling admissions process, so applications will be reviewed as received. However, to be guaranteed consideration for a specific semester, applications must be received by the following dates:

No later than March 15th for Spring/Summer Semester
No later than July 15th for Fall Semester
No later than November 15th for Winter Semester

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