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About the M.A. in English

How to Apply

The University of Idaho’s M.A. in English admits students for entry in the fall semester of each year. Application deadline is January 15. Applications incomplete at that time will be at a disadvantage. We usually notify applicants of their status in early March.

Take note: the application process takes some time to complete. You need to have your official transcripts from all institutions you have attended forwarded to our Graduate Admissions office. Letters of recommendation can also take a considerable amount of time. Start early.

We advise that you follow the progress of your application on the graduate website.

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized accrediting association.
  • Undergraduate grade‐point average of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter credits) or an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have maintained at least a 3.0 grade-‐point average in subsequent academic work, if any.
  • A TOEFL score (or equivalent English test) of at least 560 (paper test) or 83 (internet test) for non‐English speaking students who have not graduated from an English‐speaking institution.

  1. Graduate Admissions online application.
  2. Three confidential letters of recommendation, preferably from professors who can speak to your aptitude for graduate study. Recommenders should send letters directly to the College of Graduate Studies at the address below. There is no departmental form for recommendations. Letterhead is preferable; if letters do not come directly from the references themselves, recommendations should be signed, by the reference writer, across the envelope flap. If you are seeking a teaching assistantship, letters should also speak of your potential as a teacher of college writing.
  3. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses completed at each college or university you have attended.
  4. A Statement of Career Objectives, not more than two double-spaced pages, including your desires and goals for the program you wish to enter.
  5. Curriculum Vitae or resume.
  6. Writing sample.
    • Analytical essay: 8‐20 page essay, preferably a paper for a course and with the instructors comments on it.

Send Materials To

Graduate Admissions Office
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3019
Moscow, ID 83844‐3019

For more information about Graduate Studies, contact:

Zachary Turpin, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1102
Moscow, ID 83844-1102

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156


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