Admission Requirements

Candidates wishing to apply for the Master of Arts in English should have completed a minimum of five upper division undergraduate English courses with a 3.0 GPA. Demonstrating undergraduate or other prior experience in your desired track of study/Emphasis (Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, or Creative Writing) is encouraged, but not required. Deficiency in grades or coursework at the undergraduate level may result in additional prerequisite course requirements at the undergraduate level which must be satisfied before an accepted candidate may begin work on the ten courses for the Master’s degree.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application
    Link to the application here. You must create an LMU account to access the application.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation*

  • Official Transcripts*

  • Ambition Statement* (1.5-2 pages)
    Indicate which emphasis you wish to enter and discuss any relevant prior experience you might have had with the subject matter.

  • Writing Sample* (10-15 pages)
    Literature and Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis candidates should submit a sample of their critical writing; applicants to the Creative Writing Emphasis should submit both a 10-15 page critical writing sample AND a sample of their best creative writing. This document may not exceed 30 pages.

  • Scholarship Application
    The Department accepts applications for merit based scholarships which take financial need into consideration. The application is available here and should be emailed to Dr. Dermot Ryan, Director of the English Graduate Program, at dermot.ryan@lmu.edu no later than March 15th.

Priority Deadline: February 1, 2017
Students submitting applications on or before this deadline will have the $50 Application Fee waived.

Regular Deadline: March 15, 2017
Applications submitted after March 15th will be considered on a rolling basis if space is available.

*Please email these materials to graduate@lmu.edu or, in the case of Official Transcripts, have them mailed directly to:

LMU Graduate Admissions
1 LMU Drive
University Hall 1840
Los Angeles, CA 90045