Prospective students interested in undergraduate study should apply directly to the University.
Application to all graduate programs offered by the English Department is made through the University of Alabama Graduate School online application, which can be accessed by following the link:
- Complete an online application form. All applicants must enter one of the following for the “Specialty Area” field: “Literature,” “Renaissance,” “Composition/Rhetoric,” “Prose,” “Poetry,” “Prose & Poetry,” “Applied Linguistics-TESOL.”
- Pay the application fee. Once steps 1 and 2 are completed, the applicant will be assigned a Campus Wide Identification Number (CWID), which will enable him/her to log in to the Supporting Documents System to complete step 3. Applicants should complete steps 1 and 2 well before they are ready to upload supporting documents as it can take several days for the system to generate a CWID.
- Upload the following supporting documents/information:
- Statement of Purpose (the first line should mention the desired Specialty Area in the English Department).
- Writing Sample:
- For the MA and PhD Programs, this should consist of 10-20 pages of critical writing for the MA and 20 pages for the PhD. The writing sample is usually an essay written for an upper-level English course or an excerpt from a senior or master’s thesis.
- For the Strode Program, the writing sample should be on some aspect of English Renaissance literature.
Applicants to the Creative Writing Program must specify the specialty area in which they wish to apply (“Prose,” “Poetry,” or “Prose and Poetry”) in the space designated “Specialty Area” in the online application. For applicants in prose, the writing sample should consist of 20-30 pages of prose (fiction, nonfiction, or a combination of the two). For applicants in poetry, the writing sample should consist of 10-20 pages of poetry. Applicants who wish to apply in both prose and poetry should upload two separate writing samples, one of prose and one of poetry.
- Names and institutional email addresses of three (3) referees who will submit letters of recommendation online via a link that will be sent to recommenders directly by the Graduate School. Please note that neither the Graduate School nor the Department of English can accept letters via Interfolio or Parchment.
- Unofficial transcripts from each institution of higher education at which you have completed 15 or more credit hours. Accepted applicants will be required to furnish official transcripts prior to enrolling.
- Request that the following documents be sent to the Graduate School:
- Official GRE Scores if applying for MA, PhD, or MA-TESOL programs (subject tests are not required). GRE scores are not required for MFA applications.
Conditions of Admission
- For non-native English speakers applying to the MA-TESOL program, a score of at least 100 (IBT) with a minimum score of 24 in both the speaking and writing sections. Note that this departmental requirement is more stringent than the Graduate School’s requirement.
- For the PhD program, successful applicants normally have a GPA of 3.5 or better in master’s or equivalent graduate work.
- For all other programs, consult the Graduate School’s minimum requirements.
For more information about Financial Support, see the Graduate Financial Support page. Students may also wish to contact the director of the particular program (Strode, Creative Writing, etc.) to which they are applying.