Master of Arts in English Admission Requirements
Admission to the program for the Master of Arts degree in English usually requires the 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, in addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study at Winthrop. 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.
In addition to the general admission requirements to graduate study at Winthrop, applicants should submit scores of 150 or higher on the verbal section (450 or higher on the pre-August 2011 verbal section) and 3.5 or higher on the analytic writing section of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination. GRE scores more than five years old will not be considered. In lieu of the GRE, applicants may submit scores not more than five years old of at least 160/200 on the PRAXIS 0041 or 150 on the PRAXIS 0049/5049, or scores not more than five years old of at least 380 on the Miller Analogies Test.
Students wishing to be considered for assistantships or scholarships in the Department should also submit a writing sample consisting of an original critical paper on a literary or rhetorical/composition subject of at least ten double-spaced typed pages. This paper should be accompanied by a professor’s note that the paper being submitted was turned in by the student for the professor’s course and is, to the professor’s knowledge, free of plagiarism. Applicants who cannot provide such a sample or obtain such a note should consult the Graduate Program Director for alternatives.