Admissions for Graduate Studies in English

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Anne Boyd Rioux, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Phone: 504-280-6484

Graduate English Office
Phone: 504-280-6276

Admission is based on undergraduate and graduate GPA, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and other information provided by the student. GRE scores are not required. Applications are accepted according to the admissions deadlines set by the Graduate School, and students may enroll in any semester. However, students should be aware that the priority deadline for those applying for graduate assistantships is March 23 (for the following fall). See Graduate Assistantships.

Follow the instructions below to apply for admissions.

1. Write a Statement of Purpose

Write a 600-900 word statement of purpose, and submit this with the online application when prompted. Describe your intellectual interests and background and your academic and career goals. Some questions to consider:

  • Why do you want to get an M.A. in English?
  • Why do you want to study at UNO?
  • What are you hoping to get out of your degree?

2. Provide a Writing Sample

Select a writing sample of 7-20 pages; a selection of shorter papers might suffice. Normally, this will be an academic paper, such as an essay written for an English course, though you might submit something written for another course. An optional writing sample might include professional writing of a similar length. If you have questions about what to submit, contact the Graduate Coordinator.

3. Apply Online to the University

An official application to the University is required. Please read the application instructions.

Go to the online application

4. Submit Your Official Transcripts

Forward all transcripts to Admissions. No letters of recommendation are required unless you are applying for a graduate assistantship.

Learn how to submit your transcripts to admissions