MA in English Application Process

Applying to Master of Arts in English:

For full consideration, applicants should apply by February 1 for Fall semester admission (and teaching assistantship consideration) and by September 1 for Winter semester admission.

1. Application for Graduate Admission (submit online)

Upload the following documents to your online application (with your name on each):
  • MA/MFA English Graduate Program Application Form (download, fill out, save, and attach to application)
  • Statement of purpose that addresses your interest in the program, academic experience and goals, and (if applying for a teaching assistantship) preparedness for teaching
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Critical essay (10-20 pages) that focuses on a literary or related topic. (If necessary, two essays may be submitted to meet length requirement.) 

2. Three letters of recommendation 

  • Should address your academic ability and (if applying for a teaching assistantship) your potential as a teacher
  • Submit through the application system

3. Non-refundable $50 application fee (may be paid online, by mail, or by telephone)

4. Official transcripts from all schools attended (other than Northern Michigan University) 

5. For international students:

  • Independent evaluation of transcripts will be required
  • Declaration and certification of finances 
  • TOEFL score


If you have any questions, please contact:

Department of English
 (906) 227-2711  
MA Program Director:  Lesley Larkin
Office of Graduate Education & Research
(906) 227-2300