University of Southern Indiana

Program Admission

The Master of Arts in English program admits new students in the fall and spring semesters. The application deadline for fall semesters is August 1. To apply for admission to the program in the spring semester, be sure to submit all materials by November 15.

Pre-Requisite Coursework or Degrees

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution. Although applicants do not need to hold an undergraduate degree in English, preference will be given to those applicants with an educational background or work experience in English or a related field. 

Additionally, applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75, provided that the student majored in English and has a GPA in the major of 3.25 or higher.

Application Materials

The following materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office:

  • A completed USI Application for Graduate Study, which can be submitted electronically or by mail
  • Non-refundable USI application fee of $40
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • International students may be required to provide additional materials

The following materials must be submitted to the director of the Master of Arts in English program:

  • A well-written cover letter of approximately 500 words indicating how the applicant's education or work experience has prepared him or her for graduate studies and how the Master of Arts in English degree fits with his or her personal or professional goals.
  • A writing sample of approximately 3,500 words (examples: literary analysis, rhetorical analysis, grant application, any other kind of professional writing).
  • Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic and professional abilities. If possible, at least one of these letters should be sent from a faculty member at an insitution of higher education who is familiar with the applicant's undergraduate coursework.

Materials submitted to the director of the Master of Arts in English program may be sent electronically to MA.English@usi.edu or printed and sent to the following address:

Dr. Charles Conaway
Director, Master of Arts in English
University of Southern Indiana
English Department
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712

College Achievement Program (CAP) Credentials

High School Instructors who teach or would like to teach in USI’s dual credit College Achievement Program (CAP) may apply to enroll in MAE courses as Non-Degree Seeking Students.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be offered to otherwise qualified students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in English or at least 12 credit hours in English, excluding first-year composition courses.

If a student is admitted on a conditional basis, he or she may be required to take up to three English courses at the 400- or 500-level. These courses will be specified by the director of the Master of Arts in English and the Admissions Committee, and they must be completed before the student will be allowed to enroll in 600-level courses.

If a student earns a grade of B or better in each of these classes, and the instructors in these classes recommend that the student should be admitted to the program, then the program director and the Admissions Committee will review the student's file and, if approved, the student will be admitted to the program on a regular basis. These 400- or 500-level courses, however, will not count toward the total number of hours required for the Master of Arts in English.


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