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.

Extended Deadline

The English Graduate Studies program will welcome applications on a rolling basis for the 2020-2021 school year. We understand many students have encountered difficulties due to COVID-19, and we are happy to help navigate them. In simple terms, we want to ensure missing materials won't prevent students from being considered for the program. Please reach out to english_gradasst@lmu.edu with any questions or concerns.

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
    Official transcripts should be mailed directly to:
    LMU Graduate Admissions
    1 LMU Drive
    University Hall 1840
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

  • 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.

  • 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 K.J. Peters at kjpeters@lmu.edu no later than March 20th.

*Please upload your personal statement and writing sample after you complete your online application.