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Master of Arts Application Instructions|Department of English

Applying for a Master of Arts in English

Applications for Fall 2015 have been reopened until May 1, 2015.

Applications for admission to the Master of Arts in English are accepted starting in September for the following fall semester.  Students are only admitted in the fall semester; no applications for starting in the spring or summer will be accepted.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in previous coursework.
  • Solid undergraduate background with courses in English (however, undergraduate degree need not be in English).
  • International Students: Minimum of 605 on the Paper-based TOEFL and of 5.0 on the TWE.  Equivalent minimums = 101 on the Internet-based TOEFL with a minimum of 25 on the writing section or 7 on the IELTS. (Click here for additional international requirements.)
  • Minimum GRE score of 291 recommended.

Applying to the Program

  • Apply online to the University of Wyoming Graduate Student Admissions.
  • Request transcripts be sent to the University of Wyoming admissions office directly from your school.  The address to send transcripts is UW Admissions, Department 3435, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071.
  • Submit GRE general test scores using school code 4855.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a 10-12 page critical writing sample.
  • Submit a 500 word statement of purpose.
  • Submit a UW graduate assistantship application form.
  • Submit a 100 word statement of purpose with the graduate assistantship application that discusses why you want to teach and what you have to bring to the classroom.
  • NOTE: Supplemental material must be submitted online after paying your application fee.  This includes recommendations.

Graduate Assistantships

  • Assistantships carry an annual stipend of $11,349 and cover full-time tuition and fees.
  • Department Graduate Assistants will teach one class of English 1010 (Composition) a semester.
  • New graduate assistants participate in a week-long seminar before Fall semester begins. 
  • All graduate assistants attend weekly meetings with fellow assistants and an experienced mentor.

Other Notes

  • Graduate Assistantship applications may be submitted without an electronic signature.
  • Plan to take the GRE no later than mid-December to ensure test results are received on time.
  • Unofficial versions of GRE scores and transcripts can be uploaded to the online application and used during the application review.  Official versions will need to be on file before you will be fully admitted to the University of Wyoming.

Direct any questions about the application process to:

Gwynn Lemler, Graduate student coordinator

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