How to apply

Master of arts University of Missouri-Columbia
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Our English MA program is evolving.

The University of Missouri-Columbia Department of English is reimagining the Master of Arts in English program. This program is currently not accepting applications.

How to apply

Fulfill the admission requirements:

  • BA in English from a regionally accredited institution, with at least 18 hours in upper division courses in literature or linguistics, or graduate work in English (see our graduate certificate). Students with other undergraduate majors may be admitted provided their background in English studies is suitable and provided they complete an appropriate course of preliminary study.
  • To enroll in a creative writing course (7510, 7520 or 7530) you must have completed a beginning or intermediate creative writing course (such as ENG 1510, ENG 1520, ENG 1530, ENG 2510, ENG 2520, ENG 2530, or an equivalent course at another institution).
  • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  • GRE not required.

Don’t meet the admissions requirements? Try our online graduate certificate in English.

Application dates

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
Fall April 1 August
Spring Nov. 15 January
Summer Jan. 1 June

Gather your papers:

Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

  • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • A statement of purpose, briefly describing how this program will benefit your career and help you act upon your personal beliefs, goals and philosophy (500 words maximum).
  • Three letters of recommendation.  In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three professionals (two must be academic) who can attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and professional. Your references will be contacted with instructions regarding the letters.
  • Writing sample. One 15-20 page scholarly paper. 
  • Résumé or CV.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Graduate School website.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of English

Program contact

Frances Dickey