MA in English with assistantship funding application process

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

1. Application for Graduate Admission (submit online)

Upload the following documents (with your name on each):
  • MA/MFA English Graduate Program Application Form: download, fill out, save, and attach to application
  • Statement of professional purpose: address your interest in the program, ability to succeed in graduate school, and teaching--or other relevant--experience 
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Critical essay: 10-20 pages, can be made up of 2 essays

2. Three letters of recommendation (minimum)

  • Should address your academic ability and potential as a teacher.
  • May be emailed or mailed directly from recommender (, or English Department, Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855).
  • If mailed by student, letter should be in a sealed envelope with recommender's signature over flap.

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