M.A. in English Application Instructions

Application Deadlines

Complete applications include 2 letters of reference, a critical writing sample, GRE general test scores, and official transcripts. Applications must be complete by the following deadlines:

  • January 5 - M.A. with GTAship, admission for fall semester only
  • April 15 - M.A. without GTAship, summer admission 
  • July 15 - M.A. without GTAship, fall admission
  • December 1 - M.A. without GTAship, spring admission

Application Materials

A complete application includes the following:

  1. Application for graduate admissions (including fee). Online application: APPLY NOW
  2. Official transcriptsof all undergraduate work and any postgraduate work. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the UofL admissions office from the previous institution. Electronic transcripts must be sent to gradadm@louisville.edu. All documents not in English must have a verbatim notarized English translation. 
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores (within the last 5 years).
  4. Two academic letters of recommendation. Letters from employers and personal references are not acceptable. The reference should speak to the prospective student's ability to succeed at graduate studies. Discursive letters must be attached to the PDF form.
  5. A critical writing sample of at least 10 pages. The writing sample should demonstrate the prospective student's investigative and expository skills. Students who plan to focus on creative writing should send a creative writing sample in addition to the critical sample.

Send application materials to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions

105 Houchens Building

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292


English Proficiency (TOEFL)

All applicants for whom English is a second language must submit official TOEFL scores of 213 or higher on the computer based test, 550 or higher on the paper based test or 79 or higher on the internet-based test. English proficiency can also be met by submitting official IELTS scores of at least 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam. Applicants holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited U.S. institution may be exempt from this requirement. 

GTA Application (Fall admission only, due Jan. 5)

To apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) position, complete the GTA Application FormThe entire application for graduate study must be complete by January 5th to be considered for a GTAship. The completed GTA application form should be sent directly to the department:

English Department Graduate Studies

315 Bingham Humanities Building

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292

Electronic options: 

  1. Email to: englgrad@louisville.edu
  2. Fax to: 502-852-4182