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The graduate English program has been designed to prepare students for careers in the analysis and production of texts. The program covers issues and skills in reading and writing, in the richest sense of these words—in order to prepare students to address these issues and to teach these skills. Graduates of the program should be prepared for such careers as teaching writing and literature; teaching English as a second language; and writing for business, government, and other professions. In contrast to traditional M.A. programs, which place heavy emphasis on literary history, the IUPUI program focuses on the application of English studies to contemporary situations and problems.

Admission Requirements
  • Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the student’s undergraduate major, documented by an official transcript. Applicants are expected to have been English majors, but admission also is considered for those who otherwise demonstrate the competency necessary for successful graduate work in English.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, normally with a minimum score of 160 in either the verbal or the quantitative section and 4.0 in analytical writing. Applicants are encouraged to take the examination by December of the year before admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Two years of foreign language as an undergraduate with appropriate level of achievement.
  • Follow the IUPUI application procedure.

Note:  If you have already submitted an application for a graduate or certificate program in English at IUPUI, you will need to use a new pin and password.  If this is the case, please contact he English Graduate Assistant in CA502L so they can waive the application fee.


M.A. students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B).