Admission Procedure

Masters of English

Master's students must apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. There is a $55 fee required with the application.

The application deadline for the upcoming fall semester admission is January 15. For steps in applying, visit the graduate school admissions website.

You will create an online account, fill in an online application, list three recommenders and their email addresses, and pay the application fee.

Once this fee is processed, you will receive an email from the Graduate School explaining how to upload your supplemental materials, namely the letter of intent and the writing sample.

Letter of Intent: This letter should describe your academic and research experience and interests as well as indicate whether or not you would like to be considered for a graduate instructorship. A well written letter also addresses why the candidate is interested in the specific program he/she is applying to.

Writing Sample: For American Studies (Standard and Folklore emphases) and English (Literature & Writing emphasis) applicants, the writing sample (or samples) should be at least 10 pages of academic writing (maximum 25 pages). Write a half-page introduction to each sample, explaining the context (your role as the writer, your audience, your purpose, etc.) This material will be read by the faculty assessing your application to help them decide whether you are ready to write at the level expected for scholarly assignments in a graduate seminar. The samples you submit should therefore be chosen and presented with that purpose in mind. Try to choose examples of your best academic writing relevant to the program to which you are applying. We accept samples of creative writing in addition to - but not in place of - academic writing samples.

International Students

International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless their undergraduate degree is from a university in an English-speaking country. International students must also submit an I-20 application form and a financial guarantee. Please visit the Graduate School web page describing international application procedures and the Utah State web page providing information for international students.


For the master's programs in English, American Studies, and Folklore, the main deadline is January 15. All application materials should arrive at Utah State by the deadline.

Additional Questions

Please address additional questions to the Director of Graduate Studies for the English department:

Jared Colton

Jared Colton

Director of Graduate Studies

(435) 797-8412
Logan (RWST 213)