Application Procedures

The application deadline for the MA and PhD programs is January 15, 2020. The application deadline for the MFA program is also January 15, 2020. The Graduate Committee will evaluate applications in January and February and arrive at a ranking by early March. Applicants who receive offers must respond by April 15.

If you have any questions on particular aspects of our MA, MFA, or PhD programs, please contact the Director of English Graduate Studies, Dr. Christopher Rovee at If you have questions pertaining to the application process, please contact our Administrative Program Specialist, Ashley Thibodeaux, at


Completing the Application:

To begin your on-line application process, point your browser to The process is now completed entirely on-line through the Graduate School.  The English Department also requires additional information that you will need to include in your electronic application:  

  • A list of English courses and your GPA in those courses.  
  • A writing sample that includes the date of composition:  MA and PhD applicants should submit a 15-20 page sample of critical writing; MFA applicants should submit about 20 pages of prose or 8-10 poems. Script submissions should include a substantial portion of the script AND one of the other genre submissions (total of two writing samples).
  • Official transcripts: A minimum GPA of 3.2 is expected on undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • GRE scores: A minimum score of 160 on the Verbal element of the examination is expected, and the great majority of our PhD and MFA students have scored higher, often over 165. Writing scores tend to range between 4.5 and 6.0 on a 6.0 scale. Please note that we do not exclude review based on GRE scores alone and will evaluate all applications received by the deadline. The GRE subject test is not required. The LSU GRE code is 6373.
  •  A statement of purpose: This brief personal statement should be about 500 words long. If you are a PhD or MA applicant, you might want to write about yourself and your interests, your research and reading, and your experience as a teacher (if any).  Add any further information that you consider relevant. If you are an MFA applicant, we are interested in hearing about your artistic influences and present literary activity, but we are especially eager to hear about particular life experiences that are not reflected elsewhere in your application and that contribute to your literary productivity. 
  • Three letters of Recommendation: These should be uploaded through the Graduate School's online system. Letters of recommendation may also be tracked if you utilize the confidential recommendation system. 


You must meet the requirements of both the English Department and the Graduate School to gain admission. If you wish to apply to more than one of our programs (for example, the MFA in Creative Writing and the MA in English), please indicate accordingly in your application. Make sure you state clearly if you are willing to attend any of our programs without funding.