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Applications & Admissions

Application Deadline for Fall 2021: December 14, 2020

We admit students once a year, for the Fall semester. Please note that the University has a March deadline for graduate applications, but most departments set earlier deadlines. The deadline you need to honor is the English department deadline.To be considered for admission to either the MA or the PhD program, applications must be complete by the regular deadline of December 14, 2020.  All applicants (to both the PhD and MA programs) are considered for assistantships as long as the application is complete by December 14.

IMPORTANT NOTE:   The department cannot see any parts of the application that you have uploaded through AIS until the applicant fills out and submits the “Departmental Data Sheet.”  So, as soon as you are able to log into AIS (once you have your UIN), please, submit that information; that way, we can pay attention to what parts of the application are missing, and get in touch with applicants directly.  Thanks!

Please note that Apply Texas has the incorrect deadline for applications.  Our deadlines are as indicated above. Note, too, that Apply Texas incorrectly states that we require the GRE Subject Test.  We recommend, but do not require, the Subject Test.  

If you have concerns or questions about these deadlines, please contact the English Graduate office at

We admit students in the following categories:

  • MA students – anticipated completion time two academic years (four semesters of full-time study). Admission to our MA program neither precludes nor guarantees admission to our PhD program.
  • PhD students entering with MA – anticipated completion time five academic years.  PhD students who received their MAs in our department may complete their coursework in three semesters of full-time study rather than the usual four.
  • PhD students entering with BA (Direct Admit) – anticipated completion time five academic years.  We encourage Direct Admit applications from motivated students with a good sense of their academic focus.

Application Materials

All other materials are submitted through the Application Information System (AIS). These include:

  • Statement of purpose. Your statement of purpose should be no longer than 2 pages, double-spaced, and should focus on your academic experience and interests. We are primarily interested in details about your intellectual interests (what he or she would like to study and why), as well as any relevant details about English coursework already completed. Applicants to the Ph.D. program should identify a primary area of interest; MA applicants need not do so. Details about academic accomplishments such as publications, presentations at conferences, etc. should also be included.
  • Official copies of all transcripts.
  • Writing sample.  Writing samples should be critical essays,12-15 pages, with no professor’s comments or grades. Writing samples should be carefully edited and proofread. Do not send two different writing samples.  If you are applying to the MA program and have only a shorter piece of writing, either expand that piece of writing or send it as is.  
  • Three letters of recommendation. All or most of your letters should be written by professors who have had you in class, preferably English professors.  All letters MUST be submitted through the Applicant Information System (AIS).  Once Admissions has processed your application, you will receive instructions on how to set up your letters of recommendation.
  • Curriculum vitae. Your c.v. should outline your academic background and accomplishments, including (if applicable) prizes, scholarships, conference presentations, and publications.
  • GRE Scores. Unofficial scores can be uploaded into AIS. We require the general test.  We recommend, but do not require, the Literature in English subject test. Have the testing service mail the official scores to the university’s Graduate Admissions Office.  We do not have a minimum GRE score.
  • TOEFL scores, for international applicants.  Unofficial scores can be uploaded to the AIS; official scores should be send by the testing service directly to the Office of Admissions.

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online Doctoral Fellowship

Students applying to the doctoral program with research interests in early modern studies and digital humanities are eligible to apply for a one-year research assistantship with the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online.   Funding includes a monthly stipend, tuition, and health insurance.  Nine months of support are guaranteed with a strong possibility of additional summer funding.  After their one-year term, WSB Fellows will become graduate teaching assistants in the Department of English.  Please indicate in your application that you would like to be considered for the WSB Fellowship.

Mailing Addresses
English Graduate Office
Texas A&M University
4227 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4227
Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001