Although applicants need not have majored in English, thorough preparation will make success in graduate study much more likely. Ideally, applicants should have completed 30 semester hours of undergraduate English, including courses in both early and modern British literature, American literature, and literary theory. Students lacking certain prerequisites may be admitted conditionally to the MA or PhD program and may be required to take specific undergraduate courses in the initial phase of their graduate work. Those courses are specified on the notice of provisional admission.
A student with a strong undergraduate record may be admitted to the PhD program directly after completing the BA. Those who apply to the PhD program with the MA already completed will receive credit for previous coursework with the approval of the Graduate School. The graduate programs in English normally admit only for the fall semester.
Please consult the general regulations of the Graduate School, which govern all applications to the graduate programs of the Department of English.
An applicant for the MA or PhD program must support the application with a statement of purpose, transcripts of previous academic work, a writing sample, GRE scores (the General Test for all students and the Subject Test in English for PhD applicants), and three letters of recommendation. A grade average of "B" or better in undergraduate coursework is required. For more information about MA and PhD programs, please complete the graduate programs information request form.
Applications are due by January 15 for those who wish to be considered for funding; otherwise, the deadline is June 1.
For information on the GRE exam, please visit http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/know/.
Each year, the department offers a number of graduate assistantships to new and continuing doctoral students. Assistantships cover the full cost of tuition and pay a stipend (currently $18,000) as well. Students are eligible for up to five years of funding through the program. Further support for doctoral study in the sixth year is available in the form of university teaching fellowships and Schmitt Dissertation Fellowships.
Loyola's graduate assistantship program differs in significant ways from similar programs at many other universities, particularly in terms of the duties students perform as part of their assistantships. To learn more about our assistantship program, click here.
For MA students, we occasionally offer, on a competitive basis, partial tuition support.
Further financial support is available to qualified students in the form of student loans. Such aid, unlike the support offered by the English department, is need based. Please visit Graduate_Guide_Web_0410.pdf for more information.