An undergraduate major in English or its equivalent is required. (In exceptional cases, superior students who have not majored in English may be admitted conditionally.) An applicant ordinarily should have at least an overall GPA of 3.2, a GPA in English of 3.7. For admission to the Ph.D. program with an M.A. from a department other than our own, the undergraduate GPA requirement remains the same. Add to this a 3.9 GPA in graduate courses (out of a possible 4.0).
For the 2020-2021 application season, IU English will waive the requirement for GRE scores (both General and Subject tests). Any applicant with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 and no GRE scores should provide an explanation of this circumstance in the personal statement.
You must take both the aptitude/general and the advanced test in English literature on the Graduate Record Examination. Scores on the GRE should exceed 160 on the Verbal and Subject tests. The Analytical Writing score should be 5.0 or higher. Scores on the GRE Verbal and Subject tests should ordinarily approach 166.
More significant than scores and grades, however, are an applicant's personal statement, letters of recommendation, proficiency in foreign languages, and especially, a writing sample. These materials may offset lower scores on the GRE exams or lower grade point averages.