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English (M.A.)

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Getting Started

Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website or contact Graduate Studies at 239-590-7988 or for an application for admission and additional information about the application process. Satisfaction of minimum University and program requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate program. Applicants should check with the program for the most up to date admission requirements prior to commencing the application process.

Note: The minimum GRE entrance exam scores listed below are for the GRE taken prior to August 1, 2011. For information about the minimum revised GRE scores (taken after August 1, 2011), please contact the Graduate Studies Office at (239) 590-7988 or

Admission Requirements and Application

Our program’s mission is to prepare students for success in a variety of careers that require strong writing and analytical skills, including the pursuit of a Ph.D. in English and teaching at a secondary school, college, or university.

Consequently, admission to the M.A. Program in English at FGCU is competitive and selective, so applicants who meet the minimum requirements for consideration will not necessarily be admitted into the program. A successful applicant should be able to demonstrate sophisticated achievement in composing literary analysis; therefore, the writing sample is the most important part of the application package.

Minimum requirements for consideration for admission:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, either in English or in a related field
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • A GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 500 (old) or 153 (new) and an Analytical Writing score of 3.5
  • For international students from countries where English is not the primary language, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 79 (internet-based), or 213 (computer-based)
  • A writing sample of 8-10 double-spaced pages of literary analysis, preferably including research
  • A personal statement of 2-3 double-spaced pages about your career and personal goals connected with pursuing graduate work in English literature and literary criticism. This statement should explain your motivation for pursuing a Master's degree at FGCU, goals connected with pursuing this degree, and intended focus of your graduate studies. It should indicate whether you are interested in a teaching assistantship. Specific references to relevant experience or training will make this statement more effective.
  • Two mentors, supervisors, and/or college-level faculty to support your application. Provide contact information for FGCU faculty. Ask mentors, supervisors, and/or college-level faculty outside of FGCU to send a letter of recommendation to FGCU Graduate Admissions as an email attachment to this address:

Early and Late Application Deadlines for Fall Admission:

  • February 15
  • August 1
    • Please note: late applicants might not be considered for graduate assistantships.

Early applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications by May 1.

Questions? Contact Dr. Fiona Tolhurst at