The "How to Apply" tab above will provide you with detailed information about applying to the master's program in Literary and Textual Studies (English).

Applications and Assistantship Support

To help students achieve their degree goals, graduate assistantships (including stipend and scholarship) are available for face-to-face students. Distance-learning options are available for students wishing to complete their master's degree, but who are unable to attend campus regularly.

Within the online application system administered by BGSU's Graduate College, applicants can request to be considered for a graduate assistantship. Presently, newly funded graduate assistants at the master's level receive:

  • 100% tuition scholarship.
  • Waiver of the non-Ohio resident fee for students in the first year (and for second year for international students).
  • Graduate stipend (the 2016-2017 stipend is $10,500).

Students receiving a graduate assistantship will in most cases teach two courses the first year in BGSU's General Studies Writing program, one course in each semester. Funding is available for an additional year for students in good standing; in the second year graduate assistants will either teach a total of three GSW courses over the year or will teach one GSW course in one semester and assist with an undergraduate literature survey in the other semester. In addition, other funding opportunities may be available. 

Application deadline

On January 15, 2017, we will begin review of all completed applications for those wishing to begin in the 2017-2018 academic year (starting August 2017). We will continue reviewing as applications are completed after January 15. All applicants are encouraged to complete a request for an assistantship.

Certificate Programs

If you are interested in completing the certificate program in scientific and technical communication, women's studies, TESOL, or ethnic studies in addition to your MA in Literary and Textual Studies, please make sure to read over the Gainful Employment Disclosure Information from Student Financial Aid. Also, visit these links below to see the requirements:

Scientific and Technical Communication Certificate

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate

Ethnic Studies Certificate

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) Certificate


The information below explains each portion of the application process.


Your application to the MA in English specialization in Literary and Textual Studies (MA LTS) consists of an online application administered by BGSU's Graduate College Admissions. The application requirements are explained below and within the application system. All portions of the application are submitted through the online application system. On January 15, 2017, we will begin review of complete applications.


Program, term, and assistantships
  • Within the online application, there is a page entitled "Academic Interest."
  • On the "Academic Interest" page, choose:
    • Degree Type: Master's.
    • Program of Study: English: Literary and Textual Studies Specialization – MA (Face to Face Program).
    • Intended Enrollment Status: the vast majority of our applicants choose "Full-Time."
    • Campus: MAIN - Main Campus.
    • Do you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship? Only applicants for Full-Time status can be considered for a graduate assistantship. Answer "Yes" if you wish to be considered for a GA position that includes a tuition scholarship and GA stipend. See the "Admissions Information" tab above for more information.
    • Start term: Fall.
Application Fee

The current application fee is $45 for US students, $75 for international students.

Transcripts and GPA

To be eligible for admission to the MA in English program, candidates are ordinarily expected to have an overall GPA of at least 2.8 and an English GPA of 3.2. However, lower GPAs will be considered; we will take into account the entirety of the application.

GRE Scores

The Department of English requires the GRE General Exam. We generally look for Verbal score of roughly 159 (or around 80th percentile) or higher, and Writing score of roughly 4.5 or higher.

Please note that while we require the GRE, we do not base our entire decision on any one portion of an application, including the exam scores. The  scores listed above are guidelines, not absolute requirements. We use the entirety of the application, understanding that some applicants score better on standardized test scores than do others.

TOEFL or IELTS scores (as required)

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores are required only for students whose first language is not English. We generally look for a TOEFL score of 100 or higher (and a written score of 25 or higher), or the equivalent for the IELTS exam. If your first language is English you do not need to submit these scores. If your first language is not English but you attended an undergraduate institution in which all instruction (save foreign language instruction) was conducted in English, you might not need to submit these scores. Check with BGSU's Graduate College if you have any questions.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should be roughly two pages (double-spaced) and should describe your academic background (and career, if applicable), your preparation for an MA in English program, and your interests and motivation for pursuing the MA in English with a specialization in Literary and Textual Studies at BGSU. 

Critical Writing Sample(s)

The critical writing sample you submit as part of your application should demonstrate your writing ability,  your preparation for graduate-level academic writing, and your ability to make an analytical argument about a literary work and/or a theoretical concept or field. The critical writing sample should be roughly 10-15 double-spaced pages long. If you do not have a single writing sample of that length, two or more shorter samples can be accepted.

The critical writing sample should demonstrate your academic writing and literary/theoretical analysis skills at the point that you apply. If your writing sample comes from an essay written for your undergraduate studies, you are encouraged to revise that work to make it the best work it can be before submitting your application. Put your best foot forward with your writing sample!

Letters of Recommendation

You should request three letters of recommendation from academic references--generally professors from your undergraduate institution--who can attest to your academic ability, your critical thinking skills, your academic writing abilities, your responsibility as a student, etc. Letters should be from academic references, not from people who are primarily friends or from fellow students from a previous or current educational institution.

It is your responsibility to contact potential recommenders in advance and be sure that they are willing and able to write and submit your letter by our application deadline. Be sure to get the contact information for that recommender (including their institutional email address). You will then enter information about each recommender in the online application. The recommender will receive an email from the BGSU application system requesting that the recommender submit a letter electronically. Once you enter a recommender in the application, you cannot remove that person from the list. However, if something prevents one of your original three recommenders from being able to supply a letter, you can enter additional recommenders into the system.

Follow this link to begin the Application.