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Applications & Admissions

Application Deadline for Fall 2022: December 15, 2021

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 15, 2021.  All applicants (to both the PhD and MA programs) are considered for assistantships as long as the application is complete by December 15.

For Fall 2022 admission, we are waiving the GRE test. You may send scores if you have them, but they are not required.

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.
  • Students who are finishing our MA program and want to be considered for PhD admission should contact the Director of Graduate Studies for information on how to proceed.

Application Materials

  • All application materials are submitted through GraduateCAS.

You will be able to upload the following documents through that system:

  • 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.
  • Public engagement statement answering the question: How do you envision your future research, teaching, and/or service will impact a particular community or communities?
  • 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 GraduateCAS.  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.
  • TOEFL (or TOEFL Essentials) or IELTS scores, for international applicants.  Unofficial scores can be uploaded to GraduateCAS; 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