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Applicants to the MA, PhD, and MFA programs in English must complete the following steps. The application deadline is January 1 for prospective PhD and MA (literary studies and rhetoric and composition) students and February 1 for MFA students. 

There is no deadline for applications for the MA in English Studies program. However, to ensure full consideration for summer or fall admission, applicants should complete the Graduate School’s online application by April 20. To ensure full consideration for spring admission, applicants should complete the application by November 15.

The Graduate School’s online application will ask you to submit a CV, statement of purpose, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation, in addition to transcripts and other basic academic information. Please consult the following documents for advice on application materials, statements of purpose, and writing samples.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (general or subject tests) are not required for admission to the MA, MFA, or PhD programs. The minimum GPA for admission to SIU Carbondale’s Graduate School is 2.7 (of 4.0). International applicants should review the Graduate School’s requirements for international admissions.

For further information about the graduate program in English or the application process, please contact:

Professor Ryan Netzley
Director of Graduate Studies
English: Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
(618) 453-6845