An undergraduate major in English, Communication, or related field is required.
You must take the aptitude/general portion of the Graduate Record Examination. 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).
Scores on the GRE should exceed 160 on the Verbal test; the Analytical Writing score should be 5.0 or higher. Scores on the GRE Verbal tests should ordinarily approach 166.
More significant than scores and grades, however, are an applicant's personal statement, letters of recommendation, and especially, a writing sample. These materials may offset lower scores on the GRE exams or lower grade point averages.