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English  Master's


What is English at WVU like?


The master’s program is designed for students who have shown an aptitude for sustained literary study and who now wish to pursue a more intensive and extensive training.

Applicants invited into our program are undertaking not only to deepen their enjoyment and understanding of literary texts, modes and movements, but also to explore and develop their potential as interpreters, scholars and, in most cases, teachers of literature, language and writing. They are embarking on a systematic course of study designed to ensure an understanding both of literary theory and of literary history and their significant achievements.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: January 5

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What are the requirements to apply for English at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the English graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE
  • Essay/Writing Sample

Additional application requirements:

  • The writing sample should be a 10-15 page analysis of literary or cultural texts. For more detailed information on what is required in a personal statement or writing sample, please visit the outlined instructions here.

  • GRE is optional.

Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by program

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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