MA in English with assistantship funding application process

Applying to Master of Arts in English with assistantship funding (February 1st deadline):

  • Application for Graduate Admission (Submit online.)
    Upload the following documents into this application (each document should have your name on it):
    • MA/MFA English Graduate Program Application Form (writeable PDF - download and save to your computer and then fill it out, save, and attach to application)
    • Statement of professional purpose addressing your interest in the program, your ability to succeed in graduate school, and your teaching experience
    • Résumé or curriculum vitae
    • A 10-20 page critical essay (can be made up of 2 essays)
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation addressing your ability and potential as a teacher (emailed to or mailed to English Department, Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855, directly from recommender. If mailed by student, letter should be in a sealed envelope with recommender's signature over flap.
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee (May be paid via online, mail, or telephone)
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended, other than Northern Michigan University 
  • For international students:
    • Independent evaluation of transcripts will be required
    • Declaration and certification of finances 
    • TOEFL score

Send application materials to:   Office of Graduate Education & Research, Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.


If you have any further questions, please contact:

Department of English (906) 227-2711  

MA Program Director:  Lesley Larkin,

Office of Graduate Education & Research (906) 227-2300