Master's in English LiteratureMaster's in English Literature

The Application Process

Before Applying

Requirements: Applications 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 also 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.


The application process requires you to submit material to both the School of Graduate Studies and the English Department.

Step 1: Submit the Application Form to the School of Graduate Studies

Complete your graduate admissions application online. Errors, omissions, or missing transcripts will delay the processing of your file.

Submit the $50.00 application fee with your online application (This fee is non-refundable).

Click here to submit the Graduate Application Form

Step 2: Submit your Official Transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies

Contact all previous institutions you've attended and request that an official transcript be sent directly to the CCSU Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office. This includes transcripts for courses taken and transferred to another institution.

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International students, please view the application checklist for more detailed information.

Step 3: Submit your application letter through the School of Graduate Studies online application

Send us a letter of application that tells us about yourself and why you want to pursue a graduate degree in English literature.

Step 4: Upload your writing sample through the School of Graduate Studies online application

Send us a writing sample of 10-15 pages that showcases your analytical or critical writing about literature. Work that you've written for previous courses is acceptable—indeed, encouraged! However, "creative" pieces—like, poetry, fiction, or memoir—are not appropriate.

Step 5: Email your application letter and writing sample to the Director of Graduate Studies

Please address your email with these two attachments -- along with any additional questions you may have -- to Prof. Spillman at