How To Apply

The M.A. English program admits new students every fall. An undergraduate major in English is not required of applicants to the M.A. program, but the Graduate Admissions Committee takes into consideration the undergraduate and/or postgraduate record in English courses.

If you would like to be considered for priority admission, your complete application and all supplementary materials must be received no later than January 1, 2020.

The final deadline for all applications for Fall 2020 admission is April 1, 2020.

Please note: If you are awarded the Truman Scholarship, Georgetown University will provide a match of up to $30,000 to cover cost-of-education expenses, e.g. tuition and related fees, living expenses, textbooks, etc.


Required Materials

  • The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Application
  • 2–3 page academic statement of purpose (single or double spaced) addressing in detail your intellectual interests and proposed topic(s) of graduate study. While the Graduate School’s online application specifies a 500-word statement, please defer to these departmental guidelines.
  • An 8–12 page sample of your strongest undergraduate critical and/or analytical writing on a topic with clear relevance to literary and/or cultural studies. Please keep your submission within the page limit, and note if it is excerpted from a longer work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, which should come from academic sources only able to comment on your ability to think critically and to analyze texts; letters from employers, friends, or family members are NOT acceptable.
  • GRE scores less than five years old (the Subject Test in English Literature is not required)
  • Transcripts: Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review Gradaute Admissions’ How to Apply page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Your resume or CV
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores, if applicable***

All materials other than test scores are submitted through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences online application. Please send test scores to Georgetown University via the institution code 5244 (the departmental code is not required).

It is solely the responsibility of the student applying to make certain that all application materials are submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ideally well before the posted deadlines for submission; files remaining incomplete after the deadlines will not be considered for admission to the program.


***Non-native English speakers are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. A minimum score of 550 (paper test) or 80 (iBT test) is required for the TOEFL. A minimum score of 7.0 is required for the IELTS. The Georgetown English M.A. Program is a rigorous, demanding course of critical, analytical and scholarly study requiring high-level skills in speaking, hearing, reading, and writing in English. Any student who is discovered to have misrepresented their level of English fluency on a successful application runs the risk of termination even after being admitted to the program and enrolled in courses.