Admissions Information

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The Graduate Admissions Committee for the Department of English will accept applications to the integrated MA/PhD program from the following:

  • Students with a bachelor's degree in English or a minimum of 40 quarter hours (27 semester hours) of English coursework from an accredited college or university;
  • Students with an MA degree in English from an accredited college or university.

Course work in a second language preferred (20 quarter hours or 15 semester hours), but not required.

Students with an MA degree in another field will ordinarily be considered in the same group of students who apply to the program with a bachelor's degree in English.

International applicants who have completed an English MA in a language other than English will also ordinarily be considered in the same group of students who apply to the program with a bachelor's degree in English. For more information, please visit International Applicants: Additional Information.

For information about Graduate Nondegree status, please visit the OSU Graduate Admissions website.

The Graduate School requires that those admitted have an undergraduate Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4 (where 4.0=A) and at least a 3.0 on all previous graduate work. Our departmental criteria are higher. Normally, applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.4 overall and 3.6 in English courses (undergraduate or graduate) and a score of at least 160 on the verbal and at least 4.5 on the analytical writing portions of the General test of the Graduate Record Examination. Exceptions are made in each of these criteria, but the GPAs and scores of those accepted have, in recent years, averaged higher.

Applicants should understand that the Admissions Committee decides to admit or reject by looking carefully at each student's record as a whole—at the profile that emerges from the transcripts, the GRE scores, the letters of recommendation, the writing sample, and the personal statement—rather than by rigidly applying a pre-established formula of "admissible" grades and scores.

The Admissions Committee meets in January and February, and applicants are usually notified of their admission and financial aid by the beginning of March.
 

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