Graduate Admission

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Programs in the English Department. We are excited to review your materials and consider you for our program.

Application for English graduate admission is made directly to the Graduate School, with supplementary materials submitted to the Department of English if required.

If you have questions about the admission process for the MA, MFA and PhD programs, please contact Ms. Sarah Ellis in the Graduate Office at smellis@memphis.edu, 901.678.1448.

Please keep in mind that your application process is not complete until the Department reviews all materials after they are processed by the Graduate School. You may receive a notice of acceptance from the Graduate School, however, this is only a notice that you have met the University's requirements for graduate school. The English Department will issue a separate announcement if you have been admitted to our MA, PhD or MFA program.

All Students (MA, MFA, PhD and Certificate):

All students (MA, MFA, PhD and certificate) must complete and submit the appropriate online application along with the non-refundable application fee. You can also find application information by clicking on the Apply Now button.

In addition to the electronic application, all students are required to submit:

  • Official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree awarded by an accredited college or university with an acceptable GPA
  • Official transcripts from any other college or university attended, including all graduate courses
  • Official GRE scores as directed by the online application

These materials may be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions, The University of Memphis, 201 Wilder Tower, Memphis, TN 38152-3370.

Certificate and MA Students:

In addition to the application materials outlined above, certificate and MA students are required to submit:

  • Letter of intent stating the program you are applying to and a brief statement outlining your academic and professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation (These must be in sealed envelopes with each recommender's signature over the seal.)

All materials should be submitted to the English Graduate Office, University of Memphis, Department of English, Patterson Hall 461, Memphis, TN, 38152.

MFA Students:

In addition to the application materials outlined above, MFA students are required to submit:

  • Unofficial copy of transcripts of all academic work
  • Print copy of the completed Graduate School application summary (previously completed online)
  • Unofficial copies of GRE scores
  • Cover letter stating which genre you are applying for and whether you will be applying for an assistantship (Please note if you have fulfilled the 18 credit hours of graduate-level English courses required to teach in the Department of English. This letter is purely administrative, so please be direct and provide the requested information. Put your writing energy into the statement of intent.)
  • Detailed statement of intent (two to three pages in length)
  • Writing sample consisting of at least twenty pages of fiction, ten poems, or twenty-five pages of nonfiction
  • Three letters of recommendation (These must be in sealed envelopes with each recommender's signature over the seal.)
  • Application for Graduate Assistantship, if interested

All materials should be submitted to the English Graduate Office, University of Memphis, Department of English, Patterson Hall 461, Memphis, TN, 38152.

PhD Students:

In addition to the application materials outlined above, PhD students are required to submit:

  • Cover letter stating which concentration you are applying for and whether you will be applying for an assistantship (Please note if you have fulfilled the 18 credit hours of graduate-level English courses required to teach in the Department of English.)
  • Detailed statement of purpose (two to three pages)
  • Writing sample demonstrating your best academic work
  • Two letters of recommendation (These must be in sealed envelopes with each recommender's signature over the seal.)
  • Application for Graduate Assistantship, if interested

These materials should be submitted to the English Graduate Office, University of Memphis, Department of English, Patterson Hall 461, Memphis, TN, 38152.

Application Deadlines:

Certificate and MA Students:

August 1 for Fall Semester
January 1 for Spring Semester
May 1 for Summer Semester

MFA Students:

March 1 for Fall Semester
October 15 for Spring Semester

PhD Students:

February 15 for Fall Semester

All students:

March 1 for Graduate Assistantships