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Master of Arts in English Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts degree in English requires successful completion of 24 semester hours of approved courses in English, such as a major figures course, a period course, and a course in advanced composition or its equivalent at the undergraduate or graduate level. Applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 or better in all English courses and an overall GPA of at least 2.8 on a four-point scale.

To apply for admission, applicants should submit:

1. The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee.

2. Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.

3. Official scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicant should score 150 or higher on the verbal section and 3.5 or higher on the analytic writing section.  In lieu of the GRE, applicants may submit PRAXIS or Miller Analogies Test scores: PRAXIS 0041 with a score of at least 160/200 or PRAXIS 0049/5049 with a score of at least 150; Miller Analogies Test score of at least 380. Test scores that are more than five years old will not be considered.  

M.A in English applicants who wish to be considered for an assistantship or associateship should submit the official assistantship application, a current résumé, two letters of reference, and an academic writing sample of approximately 10 pages to the Graduate Director of the English department. These materials should be sent directly to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Jo Koster.


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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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