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The UVM English Department is pleased to announce the creation of the Buckham Graduate Teaching Assistantship, which will be awarded bi-annually to an outstanding applicant to the Master's Program in English. The fellowship will cover two years of tuition plus stipend pay (of around $15,500) for each of those years. The Buckham Graduate Teaching Assistant will receive training in pedagogy and teach, along with the department's other Graduate Teaching Assistants, in the university's First-Year Writing Program. The Graduate Committee will consider all applicants for this fellowship, though preference will be given to in-state residents.

Master's in English - Frequenty Asked Questions

  1. How many students are in your M.A. program?
  2. What is a typical class size?
  3. How do I apply?
  4. Does your program require a minimum GPA for admission?
  5. Does your program require a minimum GRE score for admission?
  6. What should I submit for my writing sample?
  7. What information should my statement of purpose include?
  8. From whom should I request letters of recommendation?
  9. If I did not major in English, will you still consider my application?
  10. When do you make admission decisions?
  11. What kinds of fellowship support do you offer?
  12. Is there a separate application for fellowships?
  13. May I apply for spring enrollment?
  14. May I take courses as a part-time student?
  15. What kinds of courses are required for the program?
  16. Is there a language requirement?
  17. Is a thesis required?
  18. What kinds of exams are required within the program?
  19. Is creative writing part of your M.A. curriculum?
  20. Do students from your program apply to Ph.D. programs?

How many students are in your M.A. program?

Enrollment varies, but there are typically 30-40 students active in the program.

What is a typical class size?

All of our graduate courses are seminar-style, averaging about 13 students each.

How do I apply?

All applications should be submitted through the UVM Graduate College:

Does your program require a minimum GPA for admission?

While there is no official minimum GPA required for admission, the Graduate College requires students to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in graduate courses.  Thus we are more inclined to admit applicants who maintained at least that level of academic performance as undergraduates.

Does your program require a minimum GRE score for admission?

No.  We review all applications in their entirety.

What should I submit for my writing sample?

The writing sample should be 10-15 pages long and showcase your best work in literary analysis.  Work from an undergraduate English class is ideal.  Do not submit creative writing.  Successful writing samples will demonstrate a clear ability to analyze texts within a particular critical or theoretical framework.

What information should my statement of purpose include?

The statement of purpose should explain your motivations for pursuing graduate study in English and give us a sense of how you have prepared for that study.  The document should focus on your intellectual and professional interests rather than on personal issues.

From whom should I request letters of recommendation?

Professors, especially those who teach courses in literature, are the best recommenders for this program.  Letters from employers are generally not as relevant to our admissions process.

If I did not major in English, will you still consider my application?

Yes, if you have done significant coursework in English or a related field.

When do you make admission decisions?

Our Graduate Committee begins reviewing applications in mid-February and makes admissions and funding decisions in March and April.

What kinds of fellowship support do you offer?

Each year, the English Department awards approximately six Graduate Teaching Assistantships.  GTAs are awarded a tuition waiver plus a stipend (of around $15,500) for two years.  All GTAs receive training and mentoring in pedagogy and teach in the university’s First-Year Writing Program.

We are occasionally able to offer small tuition scholarships (of around $5000) to first-year out-of-state students.

Is there a separate application for fellowships?

No.  We evaluate all applications for fellowships.

May I apply for spring enrollment?

We will review applications for spring, but those applicants are not eligible for any fellowship funding.  Thus we recommend applying only for fall enrollment.

May I take courses as a part-time student?

Yes.  There are several part-time students in the program—many of them are full-time teachers or employees of UVM. Anyone may take up to three graduate courses through Continuing Education before matriculating into the program.  Part-time students work closely with the Director of Graduate Studies to plan a schedule that works for them and will allow them to complete the program.

Is there a language requirement?

No.  Students whose courses of study require foreign language training may take such courses, but the program does not require it.

Is a thesis required?

The program offers two “tracks” for completion.  Students may opt to write a thesis, or they may pursue the “Comprehensive Option,” which requires more coursework and examination in three fields of literary study.  More information on these tracks is available on the program’s main page.

What kinds of exams are required within the program?

The Graduate College requires all M.A. students to complete an examination.  In our program “Thesis Option” students complete an exam on materials relevant to their thesis in the first semester of their second year.  “Comprehensive Option” students complete an exam in three fields of study at the end of their second year.

Is creative writing part of your M.A. curriculum?

No.  Creative writing coursework is not part of the M.A. curriculum, and students may not write creative theses.

Do students from your program apply to Ph.D. programs?

Yes. Since 2005, our M.A. students have gone on to Ph.D. programs at Tufts University, SUNY Buffalo, Oklahoma State, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Virginia, the University of Minnesota, Indiana University, Michigan State, Rice University, and the Claremont Graduate School.

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