Admission Requirements

Applications to the M.A. program are made online through the graduate school:

Graduate Admissions

The Graduate School
1500 North Patterson Street
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA 31698-0005
912-333-5694
http://www.valdosta.edu/gradschool/

Requirements for Admission to the Graduate Program in the Department of English (regular admission):

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. This GPA may be cumulative or in the undergraduate English major.
  • Applicants must have a 153 score on the Verbal section OR a score of 4.0 on the Analytical section of the GRE.
  • Applicants must submit a brief cover letter with the application.
  • Applicants must submit a Statement of Intent, which should not exceed 750 words.  The Statement of Intent should briefly outline relevant academic interests in the field and proposed course of study in the program (Literature or Rhetoric and Composition).  It is appropriate in such letters to discuss one’s most successful undergraduate work, to be as specific as possible about which area of English studies one intends to enter, and to indicate one’s ultimate career goals. 
  • Applicants must submit a sample of academic writing, preferably from an upper-level English course, no more than fifteen pages in length.
  • Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.

The statement of intent and writing sample will be used by the Graduate Studies Committee to assess the writing skills of the applicant and the applicant’s fit to the program.

Applications to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may be made in the Testing Office, Powell Hall East.

Special Requirements for Students Entering the Program without an Undergraduate Degree in English:

  • Students entering the literature emphasis without an undergraduate degree in English or English minor or its equivalent must complete the following prerequisites with a grade of B or higher before enrolling in graduate-level courses: ENGL 3060; ENGL 3210 and ENGL 3215; ENGL 3110 and ENGL 3120.  At the discretion of the Graduate Studies Committee, courses taken at the undergraduate level deemed equivalent to the above requirements may be counted as fulfilling the prerequisites either partially or in full.  In addition, 4000-level British and American courses at VSU can be substituted for the 3000-level surveys, as long as the student still takes two American and two British courses.
  • Students entering the rhetoric and composition emphasis without an undergraduate degree in English or English minor or its equivalent must complete three hours of either ENGL 3210 or 3215; and three hours of either 3110 or 3120--all with a grade of B or higher.  These prerequisites must be completed before the student may enroll in graduate-level courses.

Probationary Admission:

To be accepted as a probationary student in the Department of English graduate program, the student must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Meet either the minimum GPA requirement or minimum GRE score required for regular admission.
  • Submit a brief cover letter with the application.
  • Submit a Statement of Intent, which should not exceed 750 words.  The Statement of Intent should briefly outline relevant academic interests in the field and proposed course of study in the program (Literature or Rhetoric and Composition).  It is appropriate in such letters to discuss one’s most successful undergraduate work, to be as specific as possible about which area of English studies one intends to enter, and to indicate one’s ultimate career goals. 
  • Submit a sample of academic writing, preferably from an upper-level English course, no more than fifteen pages in length.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.

The statement of intent and writing sample will be used by the Graduate Studies Committee to assess the writing skills of the applicant and the applicant’s fit to the program.

Probationary admission is at the complete discretion of the Graduate Studies Committee.  Meeting or exceeding the above minimal standards for probationary admission does not guarantee admission. The department makes a determination for admission based on the above criteria as well as the student's career goals, fit to the program, and evolving trends and standards in the profession.