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Admissions Requirements & Deadlines

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Teya Rosenberg
Flowers, Room 358

Coordinator of Graduate Programs
Dr. Flore Chevaillier
Flowers, Room 350

The Master of Arts in Literature program offers courses in a variety of disciplines and are set in traditional classroom settings. Most courses are offered in the evenings and are capped at 15 students per class. This provides students with an ample opportunity to interact with faculty and other students in the program. 

M.A. Literature Program Options

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.A. 30 Thesis Minor required

For more information regarding the Thesis and Non-Thesis track options, please view our online friendly booklets here

Graduate Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International

Fall - Priority

January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission


Application Deadline

This program has a flexible deadline.

Decision Timeline

This program reviews application on a rolling basis


Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Review application and document upload instructions

International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.


ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application



Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)



Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.25 GPA in a minimum of 24 hours of undergraduate English, including at least 12 advanced hours

 If your English GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.25, official GRE scores and additional documents are required. Read additional information below.



GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores not required unless your English GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.25. Read additional information below.




  • additional documents not required unless your English GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.25. Read additional information below.

You will use the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.




Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.



Additional Information

  GPA and Additional Requirements
If your English GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.25, please submit the following items in order to be considered for conditional admission*: 

  • official GRE scores with a preferred minimum of 160 in the verbal section
  • two letters of recommendation
  • writing sample of non-fiction prose, preferably literary analysis

*Conditional admission is not available to applicants who require "F" or "J" visas.