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An image of a calendar icon that is brown with light tan page markers on a gold background with a red border.     Application deadlines

For Fall semester: January 10.

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A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required; please submit within the online application system.

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This program requires the General GRE.

Note: International applicants may have to provide evidence of English language proficiency. More information can be found within the online application.

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This program requires three recommendations. Please send email requests for such recommendations from within the online system.

An image of a brown pencil on a gold background with a purple border.     Written statement

Please prepare a statement which covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:

Submit a 750-word essay about your qualifications and readiness for graduate study, including key experiences that have prepared you for this work and the specific line(s) of inquiry and modes of study you wish to pursue.

Use the essay to highlight what sets you apart as a candidate for graduate study and describe specifically what you hope to achieve at WMU, including any faculty with whom you wish to work.

Please use the following as your opening sentence:
I am applying for admission into the ______________________________ program.

Programs/concentrations include:

Master of Arts in Literature and Language- MA

Master of Arts in Medieval Literature and Language—MA

Master of Arts in English Education—MA

Master of Fine Arts in Fiction—MFA

Master of Fine Arts in Poetry—MFA

Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting—MFA

An image of a brown typewriter with a light tan page in it on a gold background with a teal border.     Previous written work

Submit one writing sample on a topic in your chosen program/concentration. Your writing sample should be typed, double-spaced, and unmarked. For the M.A. degree with a focus on literature, this sample should be a 10-15 page scholarly paper on a literary topic.

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If applying for graduate assistantship, complete the following narrative and submit within the online application:

If you have taught before, write a 700- to 1000-word essay explaining your teaching philosophy and experience. If you have not taught, write a 500-word essay in which you imagine your own approach to teaching.

An image of a brown I in a brown circle on a gold background with a green border.     Additional information

If you have any questions, please review the website below for program and contact information.

Department of English — College of Arts and Sciences

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An official transcript from the institution from which you received your bachelor degree is required, as well as a transcript from institution(s) where any graduate level courses or degrees have been taken/completed. Applicants are not required to submit an official transcript of courses taken/completed at WMU.

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