To be eligible for the program, students must have completed 116 credits, including all requirements for the English major, and must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 overall and 3.7 in the major.
Applications are due November 15 for early admission or April 15; those accepted in the Fall are invited to take up to two graduate courses in the final semester of their senior year. Those applying in the Spring will complete all graduate requirements within the fifth year of the B.A./M.A. program. (At the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies, an otherwise qualified student who is still completing an honors thesis may apply for conditional admission). No courses used to satisfy the B.A. requirements may be applied toward the M.A.
The Graduate Record Exams--both General Test and Subject Test in English Literature--are required and must be taken before the end of the final semester of undergraduate study.
The application comprises:
- The Indiana University Application for Graduate School;
- a 300-500 word statement of the applicant's academic interests and goals;
- two letters of recommendation;
- Graduate Record Examination scores;
- and a representative critical essay of 15-20 pages.
The program requires that applicants submit their primary applications online. The online application may be found here. Supplemental materials (such as the writing sample) should be submitted to:
IU English Department
Ballantine Hall 442
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103