Application and Admission
For fall admissions, the Priority Placement deadline for applications is January 15. Applications received prior to January 15 will be given first consideration for assistantships and financial incentives. Applications will be accepted through March 1, but the availability of assistantships and incentive packages diminishes after the January 15 Priority Placement deadline.
For spring admissions, the application deadline is October 15. Typically, students admitted in spring will not be eligible for departmental funding, including assistantships, until the following fall semester.
Prospective students who wish to apply for an assitantship should check the appropriate box on the online admission application. More information on Teaching Assistantships can also be found at the Assistantships page.
International Student Admission
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 being employed in an instructionally related capacity. For more information, consult the Graduate College International Admissions page: http://gradcollege.okstate.edu/international-students
English Department TOEFL Reading and Writing Requirements
Paper-based TOEFL Students who take the paper-based TOEFL must submit both a TOEFL and a TWE (Test of Written English) score. The minimum recommended score for the TOEFL is 600 and for the TWE is 5.0.
TOEFL ibT Students taking the TOEFL iBT should demonstrate high scores on all sub-tests. The minimum recommended total score is 100, with minimum reading and writing section scores of 26.
TOEFL Institution code for Oklahoma State University is 6546.
The department will accept IELTS scores in place of TOEFL scores. Students taking the IELTS should demonstrate high scores on all bands. The minimum recommended total band score is 7.0, with minimum reading and writing band scores of 7.0
Spoken English Proficiency for Employment
All persons for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English before being employed in an instructionally related capacity. For more information, consult the Graduate College International Admissions page: http://gradcollege.okstate.edu/content/application-process-0
All required materials will be uploaded as part of the electronic application, which can be found here: http://gradcollege.okstate.edu/apply
Please note that English Department admission requirements are HIGHER than Graduate College admission requirements.
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.
The MA in English at Oklahoma State University allows students to develop expertise in a variety of areas: Literature in English, Literary Theory and Criticism, Screen Studies, Rhetoric & Prfessional Writing, 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.
- Requirements for MA in Literature, Literary Theory & Criticism, Screen Studies, Rhetoric & Professional Writing, Linguistics
- Requirements for MA in Teaching English as a Second Language
- Requirements for MA in Professional Writing
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 in English, Native American literature and language, creative writing, literary theory and criticism, screen studies, rhetoric & professional writing, 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.