Admissions

Admission to M.A. Program in English

To receive full consideration, applicants should observe the following schedule:

Application forms with all required supporting documents should be uploaded to the admissions portal by January 1. Offers of admission will be sent to applicants by March 15. Offers of financial aid will be sent by approximately April 1. The deadline for accepting offers of financial aid is April 15.

We plan to admit approximately 6-8 M.A. students for Fall 2017.  Applications received after January 1 will be considered for an alternate list to be used in case of late occurring vacancies. No application for financial aid will be accepted after January 1.

Students who wish to enter the M.A. program should have an undergraduate English major with at least fifteen semester credits of advanced courses in English or American literature. Students who did not major in English may be admitted but usually will be expected to make up deficiencies in their undergraduate training by taking course work beyond the minimum normally prescribed for the master's degree. Applicants are generally expected to have performed capably in all their baccalaureate work and to have earned at least a 3.0 (B) average in their undergraduate English courses. In some cases, the department is willing to accept students with lower grade averages if their final undergraduate semesters show promise.

Students who have begun graduate work at other institutions may be admitted to the M.A. program at Lehigh, but any transfer of credit must be approved by the director of graduate studies in English and the dean of graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.  No more than six credits of graduate work completed elsewhere--credits that do not fulfill requirements of any other degree--may be applied to the M.A. program at Lehigh.

The application for graduate admission is available online. Applicants will submit the following to the office of graduate admissions via the online form:

  1. the completed application form, including a statement of purpose, available here
  2. an official transcript or transcripts, for all college-level coursework
  3. three letters of recommendation from instructors familiar with the applicant's undergraduate work in English
  4. GRE General Test scores
  5. A writing sample of at most 15 pages of non-fiction prose, preferably a paper submitted for a previous assignment.

Admission to Ph.D. Program in English

To receive full consideration, applicants should observe the following schedule:

Application forms with all required supporting documents should be uploaded to the graduate admissions portal by January 1. Offers of admission will be sent to applicants by March 15. Offers of financial aid will be sent by approximately April 1. The deadline for accepting offers of financial aid is April 15.

We plan to admit approximately 3-5 Ph.D. students for Fall 2017.  Applications received after January 1 will be considered for an alternate list to be used in case of late occurring vacancies. No application for financial aid will be accepted after January 1.

The department admits to its doctoral program only students of proven competence and scholarly promise. An average of 3.5 in course work presented for the M.A. in English and strong endorsements from the student's graduate instructors are minimum requirements for acceptance.

Applicants holding the master's degree from other institutions should follow the procedures for admission outlined above but must submit graduate as well as undergraduate transcripts and must include recommendations from graduate rather than undergraduate instructors, although additional recommendations from undergraduate instructors also may be included. Such applicants should submit a representative sample of work written at the graduate level (e.g., a research paper or a chapter of the master's thesis).  We encourage applicants who have completed master's degrees in areas other than English to consult with the director of graduate studies, who may advise that they apply to our M.A. program in order to gain a solid foundation in the discipline.

Admission to the doctoral program neither constitutes nor ensures admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. The candidate must apply to the University Graduate and Research Committee for admission to candidacy after successfully completing the Ph.D. exam.

Other regulations governing admission may be found in the graduate school section of the University catalog or The Graduate Student Handbook.

The application for graduate admission is available online. Applicants will submit the following to the office of graduate admissions via the online form:

  1. the completed application form, including a statement of purpose, available here
  2. an official transcript or transcripts, for all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  3. three letters of recommendation from instructors familiar with the applicant's graduate work in English
  4. GRE General Test scores
  5. a writing sample of at most 15-20 pages of non-fiction prose, preferably a paper submitted for a previous assignment.
  6. Ph.D. applicants must also provide a brief statement of their foreign language training.
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