Appendix 1b: Checklist for Applications (International Students)

This checklist is intended as a general guide. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for the most updated requirements and deadlines.

Required Application Materials for Admission

You may apply on-line by going to, or by filling out and submitting an application through the Graduate Student Portal. Application material include:

_____Application fee

_____Evaluated (if required) transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.

_____Three letters of recommendation.

_____GRE scores, Ph.D. only (We look primarily at the Verbal and Analytical portions of the General exam; the English subject test, though not required, is recommended.)

_____A short statement of purpose (500 words or so) in which you present your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies in English (your professional plans, areas of interest, etc.) as well as any relevant experience that prepares you for graduate studies.

_____A writing sample of 2000-5000 words for applicants to the M.A. program, 3000-5000 words for applicants to the Ph.D. program.

_____Proof of English Proficiency (if required); see Admission to the Programs.

_____Certificate of Immunization Form submitted to Health Services (required for all full-time students).

_____All F1 and J1 visa holders are required to show proof of insurance showing a minimum of $30,000 medical evacuation expenses being covered as well as a minimum of $30,000 repatriation expenses being covered. Insurance coverage for students and their dependents is available through Lewermark.

_____Applicant Financial Form

_____Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form submitted to Health Services

_____The deadline for application for Fall admission only is March 1.

_____The deadline for application for Spring admission only is October 1.

If you need to change your program or entry semester after submitting you application, please make the change through the Graduate Student Portal or by contacting and

Required Application Materials for Graduate Assistantship

If you would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship, in addition to the material required for the general application, you will need to fill out an application for an assistantship ( and submit it through the online portal along with a copy of the 500-word statement of purpose from the general application materials.

_____Application for Graduate Assistantship

_____Copy of 500-word statement of purpose from general application materials

_____The deadline for application for a graduate assistantship for the Fall semester is February 1.


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