The Graduate Program in English
Holloway Hall

Applying for Admission

To be considered for admission, students must have completed a bachelor's degree in English (or a related field) with a minimum 3.0 GPA in those undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) courses. A student who fails to meet this requirement should consult with the English Department's Graduate Program Director regarding the removal of deficiencies.

Candidates should submit a Salisbury University Application for Graduate Program Admission and have all of their undergraduate and graduate institutions forward their transcripts to the Office of Admissions, 1200 Camden Avenue, Salisbury University, Salisbury MD 21801.

Applying for:

M.A. in English

In addition to the Application for Graduate Program Admission and all college transcripts (indicating a minimum 3.0 GPA for English [or related] coursework) which must be received by SU's Office of Admissions, the applicant for the M.A. in English must also submit a written statement of purpose for applying to the English M.A. program and specific option directly to the English Department's Graduate Program Director, Salisbury University, Salisbury MD 21801 and have two (2) letters of recommendation using the Department Form. forwarded to the Graduate Program Director by the recommenders.

Applicants also need to have qualifying examination scores sent to the Office of Admissions.

  1. Applicants who wish to be considered for Teaching Assistantships are required to have acceptable scores on the GRE General Test. (If scores are not available at the time of application, a Copy of GRE Registration Form should be forwarded to the Graduate Program Director.)

  2. Applicants who are not requesting consideration for Teaching Assistantships, GRE General Test, MAT, or PRAXIS I scores are acceptable.

NOTE:  Qualifying examination scores are considered relative to undergraduate (and previous graduate) GPAs, recommendations, statements of purpose, and interviews (if required). There are no set cutoff or minimum scores for "acceptable."

Deadlines:

Applications to the M.A. in English program are only considered for Fall or Spring admission. All application materials must be received by the English Department's Graduate Program Director no later than August 1st (for Fall semester admission) or January 1st (for Spring semester admission). Please note that while we can admit frequently admit students at these late dates, such a late admission may make the selection of courses difficult. The sooner we receive application materials, the better.

Applications for Teaching Assistantships (which begin in Fall only) must be complete and received by March 15.

When admitted, graduate students may count no more than nine hours taken as non-degree students toward the M.A. in English. With the approval of the Graduate Program Director, up to nine hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution.

Applying for:

Post-Baccalaureate (non-Degree) Certificate in TESOL

In addition to the Application for Graduate Program Admission and all college transcripts which must be received by SU's Office of Admissions, the applicant for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL must also submit (or have forwarded) directly to the English Department's Graduate Program Director, Salisbury University, Salisbury MD 21801 the following materials:

  1. A letter of application for admission which includes a written description of reasons for pursuing the Certificate and a statement of career goals within TESOL and

  2. Two letters of recommendation.