Below you will find information on the admission process for our Master of Arts Program.

Contact Eric Weiskott, Director of the M.A. Program with additional questions. 

For application information contact the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office at

M.A.T. applicants, please see the Lynch School of Education admissions webpage.

Applicants to the B.A./M.A. program do not need to take the GRE.

Application Information



February 1
February 1
March 31

Application Form

The Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences application form offers online document submission through our web-based application form. Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all department requirements by the designated deadline.

Application form

Statement of Purpose

A brief (1-2 pages) personal statement in which you describe your preparation, motivations, and goals for graduate study. We prefer that you address professional and intellectual interests rather than your personal ones.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation – from professors, preferably in literature. Recommendations from employers are usually not relevant.


Official transcripts of undergraduate study and all study after the undergraduate level.

Standardized Tests

The general GRE score is required.

Writing Sample

A critical essay of less than 20 pages. We prefer that these be free-standing essays. If you include a portion of a senior thesis, please explain how it fits into the larger paper. Please do not send creative writing.

International Students

TOEFL/IELTS scores can be waived if the student has studied for two years at an institution where English is the language of instruction.