Master of Arts in English

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.

Application Requirements:

  1. The online Graduate Studies 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 Studies office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.
  3. 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.

Students wishing to be considered for assistantships can express interest or ask questions by contacting the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Dustin M. Hoffman ( Admitted students can apply for an assistantship via the application portal:

To be considered for scholarships in the Department, submit two letters of recommendation, the appropriate application forms, a résumé/CV, and a brief statement of intent. These materials should be sent directly to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Dustin M. Hoffman (