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.

Important Deadlines

  • Priority Deadline: February 8, 2021 
  • Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application

Link to the application here. You must create an LMU account to access the application.

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation 

All letters of recommendation should be submitted through the application portal. If you are interested in the teaching fellowship, at least one letter of recommendation should be from someone familiar with your experience in teaching, tutoring and/or leadership. If you are interested in the graduate assistantship, at least one letter of recommendation should be from someone familiar with your management, leadership and/or organizational skills.

  • Official Transcripts

Official transcripts should be sent electronically directly to graduateadmission@lmu.edu.

  • Personal 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. If you are interested in the teaching fellowship, you should express why and chronicle any teaching, tutoring, or leadership experience that you believe will contribute to the role. If you are interested in the graduate assistantship, you should express why and chronicle any management, leadership and/or organizational skills that you believe will contribute to your term as Graduate Assistant in our M.A. Program. 

  • Writing Sample* (10-15 pages)

All candidates should submit 10-15 pages of critical writing. You can submit two essays or one large essay.

  • Creative Writing Sample* (10-30 pages)

Applicants to the Creative Writing Emphasis should submit a sample of their best creative writing. It can be one long work or a collection.

 

*Please upload your personal statement and writing samples after you complete your online application. All work should follow MLA guidelines.