English Graduate Application Information

Eligibility Requirements

For our MA and PhD programs, we encourage applications from students who have done undergraduate and graduate coursework in English, especially in British and U.S. literatures, and who are interested in gaining further depth and breadth in these subjects alongside training in literature and composition pedagogy. Applicants interested in TESOL may be graduate students in any field. Prior experience with linguistics, language training, or language acquisition is helpful, but not required.

 

Program

Degree Required

GPA

Test Scores

MA

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, including 21 undergraduate credits in English

Min. 3.0

(or equivalent)

Min. 50% on GRE verbal

PhD

MA in English (or closely related field)

Min. 3.5

(or equivalent)

Min. 50% on GRE verbal

TESOL Certificate

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

GPA of 3.0 over the last two years of undergraduate coursework

Min. 35% on GRE verbal*

 

*

Also required for applicants whose first language is not English: score of 21 on the listening section of the computer-based TOEFL test with a composite score of 550/213, or a score of 84 on the MTELP, or a score of 6 on the IELTS.

Necessary Application Materials

Applicants must submit all application materials through the application portal on the Graduate School page.

English Department

required materials:

All applicants:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 500-word statement of purpose
  • A page with your full contact information: address(es), phone number(s), and e-mail(s)

MA applicants also submit:

  • 5-page writing sample
  • or 10-20 page writing sample (if applying for Teaching Assistantship)

PhD applicants also submit:

  • 10-20 page writing sample

MA or PhD applicants applying for a teaching assistantship/fellowship also submit:

MA and PhD Applicants interested in TESOL must also submit:

  • a separate application to the TESOL Certificate Program

 

These materials are evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Admission is offered based on the student's potential for academic success, as well as the fit between the applicant's interests and the mission of the programs and faculty expertise.

Questions: genglish@isu.edu

 

Graduate School

required materials:

  1. Graduate School Application Form
  2. Graduate School Application Fee
  3. Official transcripts of undergraduate and any graduate coursework
  4. GRE Scores
  5. TOEFL, MTELP, or IELTS scores (for applicants whose first language is not English)

Questions: gradschool@isu.edu

 

Important Application Dates

Application for Fall Semester Feb 15

  • Applications for admission due
  • Applications for TAships and fellowships due
  • Renewal TAship and fellowship applications due for continuing MA and PhD students

March 1

March 15

  • Admissions and financial award decisions announced

April 15

  • Deadline for students to accept admission
  • Deadline for students to accept TA and fellowship offers

April 15-30

  • Wait-listed applicants for admission contacted in ranked order
  • Wait-listed applicants for TAships and fellowships contacted in ranked order
  • Late applications for admission and funding reviewed

Note: We sometimes accept applications for the fall semester over the summer. If you are interested in applying over the summer, please contact the graduate director.

August

These links take you to these other webpages FAFSA and ISU Calendars (also see below)

 

Application for Spring Semester Oct 1

  • Applications for admission due
  • Applications for TAships and fellowships for spring semester due

Note: TAship or fellowship funding is not normally available for applicants admitted in spring

Nov 1

  • Admissions and financial award decisions announced

Dec 1

  • Deadline for students to accept admission
  • Deadline for students to accept TA and fellowship offers

Dec 1-10

  • Wait-listed applicants for admission contacted in ranked order
  • Wait-listed applicants for TAships and fellowships contacted in ranked order

Dec 10-15

  • Late applications considered on a rolling basis

January

Inquiries

       

Inquiries regarding the graduate programs in English should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies. For information about graduate courses in Philosophy, please contact the Director of Philosophy (see contact information below).

Director of Graduate Studies in English

Brian Attebery   
attebria@isu.edu
Kegel Liberal Arts Building (LA)
LA 239
phone: 208-282-2895
fax: 208-282-4472

 

Mailing address

Department of English & Philosophy
Idaho State University
921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8056
Pocatello, ID 83209-8056
genglish@isu.edu

           

Office Staff

Devin Morse  
morsdevi@isu.edu
Graduate Program Secretary
LA 238
208-282-4294

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