English Graduate Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the deadlines for admission?

Graduate program priority deadlines:

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: April 15

What is a “priority” deadline?

Applicants may submit materials after the deadline with the understanding that submitting materials after the priority deadline does not guarantee consideration for admission for the following term.

How much graduate coursework can I transfer to UM?

A maximum of six (6) semester hours (10 quarter hours) of graduate work, approved by UM, may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. Such credit must have been earned within six years prior to the granting of the degree.

No course may be transferred with a grade lower than B, and no course may be transferred with a grade of pass/fail. Course equivalency is determined by the department chair. Transfer credit practices are consistent with American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Should I submit my application first?

We recommend that you submit an application to our office before submitting transcripts and other admission items because this allows us to anticipate the arrival of these items. This is especially true for students who may have alternate or maiden names on their transcripts.

Can I apply before completing my undergraduate degree?

Applicants who fall into this category must submit a final transcript with a degree posted before the end of the first semester of graduate coursework. Students may not take additional coursework without a final transcript on file in College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions and Records.

What is the graduate course load?

Regular term: Full-time=nine (9) or more graduate hours / Part-time=fewer than nine (9) graduate hours

Summer term: Full-time=nine (9) or more graduate hours spanning from May to the summer terms / Part-time=five (5) graduate hours or less spanning from May to the summer terms.

What is the difference between conditional and unconditional admission?

An unconditional admission is granted when all the minimum requirements for admission have been met.

A conditional admission is granted when the applicant has not compiled with specific departmental requirements.

A conditionally admitted student can take no more than 12 graduate hours and eligibility for financial aid is also affected. Graduate credit at UM will not be awarded until the requirements for unconditional admission have been met.

What is the required GPA for retention and graduation once I have been admitted to a graduate program?

A 3.0 GPA is required. A graduate student whose GPA falls below the required 3.0 will be placed on academic warning and will have one term of enrollment in which to raise the GPA.

Where do I go for help in getting a job in my major or for sharpening my résumé?

Many of our graduate programs help you to get placed in a job or build your résumé, but you may wish to seek additional help. Contact your Program Coordinator and make an appointment with our Career Services Center.

How long does my file stay active once I have been admitted into a program?

Students who are admitted to graduate study, either conditionally or unconditionally, and who do not enroll within two years will be required to reapply should they later decide to enroll.