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Admission Requirements for the M.A. in English

To qualify for the Master of Arts degree program in English, an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree in English or American literature or a closely related field from an accredited college or university, or 30 hours of appropriate undergraduate course work in the discipline (as approved by departmental review).  Additional undergraduate credits will be required of students who lack sufficient preparation in literature.  Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.00 on a four-point scale both in overall undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate course work and in English courses.  Conditional admission may be offered to students who do not meet all of these requirements.  Applicants must also submit the following application materials at the same time:

To the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • Graduate Application Form
  • Official undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts from every institution attended except CCSU
  • Application fee

Apply online or send to:
Graduate Admissions Office
Barnard Hall 102
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, Connecticut 06050

To the English Department (Attn. Chair, English Graduate Committee):

  • Letter of application detailing reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study in English
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic or professional work
  • A writing sample of 10-15 pages showcasing your strongest analytical or critical writing about literature.  Work written for previous courses is acceptable (indeed encouraged), but “creative” pieces (poetry, fiction, or memoir) are not appropriate.

Send to:
Attention:  Chair, English Graduate Committee
Willard Hall, Room 303
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT  06050

No applications will be considered until all materials have been received.  Applications will be evaluated by the department on an ongoing basis.


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