Graduate Admissions and Application

For fall admissions, January 5 is the Priority Placement deadline for applications. Applications received prior to January 5 will be given first consideration for assistantships and financial incentives. We will continue to accept applications until March 1, but the availability of assistantships and incentive packages diminishes after the Priority Placement deadline on January 5. 

For spring admissions, the application deadline is October 15. Students admitted in spring are typically not eligible for departmental funding, including assistantships, until the following fall semester.

To apply to the OSU English Department Graduate program, click here.

When applying students will need the following items:

  • Transcripts (these will be uploaded to the application)
  • Writing Sample (scholarly - this can be something produced for a prior class or research project/Creative writers will submit a creative writing sample)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation (2 letters required for MA/MFA or 3 letters for PhD - student provides the email addresses for recommendations in the application and the recommenders will receive an email link on which to upload their letters to the application)

Important Note: All items must be received in order for application to be considered complete and reviewed for admission.  Satisfaction of minimum requirements is NOT a guarantee of admission.

Prospective students who wish to apply for assistantships must do two things to be considered. First, students must click "yes" to indicate they wish to be considered on their online admission application for the university. Second, students must then complete the English Department's assistantship application by clicking here.

Items required for assistantship application: 

  • CV or resume
  • Scholarly writing sample (this can be something from a prior project or class)
  • Completed assistantship application

Offers of assistantships are mailed to students approximately two weeks after admission offers. For additional information on our assistantships, click here. You may also contact the English Graduate Office at englishgrad@okstate.edu or 405-744-9469.

International Student Admission

Please note that English Department admission requirements are HIGHER than Graduate College admission requirements.

Non-native Speakers of English. All persons for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English before admission and before being employed in an instructionally related capacity. For the English Department, this can be demonstrated by: a) graduation from a secondary school (not a college or university) in a country where English is the primary language OR b) by submitting English language test scores as below.

English Department TOEFL Reading and Writing Requirements

The English Department requires standardized Academic English Proficiency test scores for ALL graduate program applicants who are non-native speakers of English, regardless of whether or not they have previous received degrees from U.S. institutions or any other English speaking country’s institutions.

TOEFL ibT - The minimum total score of 100, with minimum reading and writing subskill scores of 26.

TOEFL Institution Code for Oklahoma State University is 6546.

IELTS - The minimum total band score is 7.0, with minimum reading and writing band scores of 7.0.

Important Note: Students who wish to apply for Teaching Assistantships must also have high speaking scores:  TOEFL-ibt minimum of 26 and IELTS minimum of 7.0

All required materials will be uploaded as part of the electronic application.

Prospective students who wish to apply for assistantships must do two things to be considered. First, students must click "yes" to indicate they wish to be considered on their online admission application for the university. Second, students must then complete the English Department's assistantship application by clicking here.

Items required for assistantship application: 

  • CV or resume
  • Scholarly writing sample (this can be something from a prior project or class)
  • Completed assistantship application

Offers of assistantships are mailed to students approximately two weeks after admission offers. For additional information on our assistantships, click here. You may also contact the English Graduate Office at englishgrad@okstate.edu or 405-744-9469.

Degree Options

Certificate in TESOL

The Department of English at Oklahoma State University is now offering a program leading to Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – TESOL. The Certificate in TESOL is a one-year program designed to provide students with the skills important for teaching English to non-native speakers in a variety of situations.

Master of Fine Arts Degree

The MFA in Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University allows students to focus on developing their abilities as poets, fiction writers, and/or creative nonfiction writers through a course of study emphasizing creative writing workshops, literature seminars, and electives in either of those areas or other areas in language and culture. In consultation with their advisory committees, students devise an individualized curriculum that reflects their own artistic and intellectual interests and prepares them to publish their artistic writing, enter a PhD program, or to teach at the college level.

Master's Degree

The MA in English at Oklahoma State University allows students to develop expertise in a variety of areas: Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Screen Studies, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Linguistics, and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). In consultation with their advisory committees, students devise an individualized curriculum that reflects their own intellectual interests and prepares them to enter a PhD program or to teach at the college level.

Doctoral Degree

The English Department grants one doctoral degree, the PhD in English. Students may, however, emphasize in their courses, their exams, and their dissertations a variety of areas: Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Screen Studies, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Linguistics, and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). They may also choose an interdisciplinary emphasis. In consultation with their advisory committees, students devise an individualized curriculum that reflects their own intellectual interests and professional goals.

For more information, please contact the English Graduate Office at: englishgrad@okstate.edu or 405-744-9469.

Revised 2018

The English Department requires standardized Academic English Proficiency test scores for ALL graduate program applicants who are non-native speakers of English, regardless of whether or not they have previous received degrees from U.S. institutions or any other English speaking country’s institutions.