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.

I. School of Graduate Studies

Step 1: Submit the Application Form

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

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.

You can also mail your material to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Barnard Hall 102
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050


II. The English Department

Step 1: Submit application letter

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

Step 2: Writing Sample

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.

You can send this material either by email or by mail to:

Dr. Aimee Pozorski
Director of Graduate Studies
Carroll Hall Room 331
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050