Admission Process

Admission with full standing to the Master of Arts in English Program requires that applicants have the following:

  • a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • official undergraduate transcript(s)documenting an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • proficiency in reading, writing and speaking in standard English form(s)

In addition to completing the UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies application packet, those wishing to be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in English program must submit:

  • GRE scores
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a writing sample from an upper-division course
  • a personal essay of 1,250 words that outlines your educational and/or professional goals and/or ways that your previous experience contributed to your decision to apply for the program, your academic preparation to study English at the graduate level and/or your interest in this particular certificate program

To be considered for admission to the program in fall, your application materials should be received by April 15; to be considered for admission to the program in spring, your application materials should be received by October 15.

All applications materials should go to the Office of Graduate Studies at the following address:

Office of Graduate Studies

800 Algoma Boulevard

Oshkosh, WI 54901

If you have any questions regarding the program, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss them with you. Please contact Dr. Christine Roth, the director of the English graduate program, at for further information or to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships provide you with the opportunity to work closely with professors and professionals; to gain valuable experience in writing instruction, editing, and research; and to help finance your education. Assistantships are work-based financial support awards available to through a competitive application process. Students apply in the spring for employment in the next academic year. Functions for graduate assistants in the English department include research, tutoring, editing, proctoring and other academic-oriented work.

To learn more, please visit the Graduate Assistant website.