Deadline

An application received after the January 15 deadline will be processed for the following year, but applicants must update their materials in writing and submit them to the appropriate office for the next year.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Ezra Meier, English Graduate Advisor or the Admissions Office.

Ezra Meier
Graduate Advisor
Humanities 267
505-277-4437
nezra@unm.edu

Department of English Language and Literature

MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Location:
Humanities
Second Floor

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021

Graduate Admissions

We appreciate your interest in the Graduate Program in the Department of English at the University of New Mexico. The following information should be useful to you as you prepare your application. Our application process requires you to submit materials to the UNM Office of Admissions. The new application system is expected to be in place within a few months; please check back to this page periodically.

All materials must be submitted by January 15.

Step 1

Submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions (or to the Office of International Admissions if you are an International Applicant)

—The Application/Residency Form

The Application/Residency Form has two parts to complete. Please ensure that all blanks on each form are filled in. Missing information can create a delay in the processing of the application.

  • The Application Form:
    Indicate your full legal name, and also any other names you use. If you do not have a social security number, please request one from your nearest Social Security Office (social security numbers will not be used as a student ID). To complete Numbers 16 and 17, select from the list of UNM major codes. Be sure to sign and date the application, and be careful to correctly check the semester and year for which you are applying.
  • The Residency Form:
    This is used to determine residency for tuition purposes. ALL applicants are required to submit this form, whether seeking in-state residency or not. Military residents should request an Active Duty Military Tuition Residence form to be considered for in-state tuition.

—An Application Fee of $50.00

A check or money order should be made out to the University of New Mexico. Either Visa or Mastercard may be used online. The fee is non-refundable and cannot be waived.

—An Official Transcript from EACH academic institution you have attended

Submit a transcript from EACH academic institution you have attended with the exception of the University of New Mexico. Do not assume that any transcript is irrelevant to your proposed program of study. It is preferred that the institution send one copy of the transcripts directly to the Admissions Office. If you have the transcripts sent directly to you, DO NOT OPEN THE TRANSCRIPT ENVELOPES. Those that have been opened or tampered with will be considered unofficial and will delay the admissions process. Please order your transcripts early, so that you do not miss the departmental deadline! Please be sure to send an official copy of your transcripts to the English department also.

Mailing address:
Office of Admissions
Attn: Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 4849
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4849

Step 2

NOTE: All uploaded documents must be in pdf or doc format, NOT docx.

Submit the following materials to the English Department.

Before you begin the Departmental part of the online Admissions process, please be sure to gather together ALL of the following materials:

—Admissions Materials

  • Letter of Intent (.pdf or .doc)
  • Writing Sample (.pdf or .doc)
  • CV (optional) (.pdf or .doc)
  • Letters of Recommendation (names, email addresses of three recommenders)
  • Official Transcripts from EACH academic institution you have attended (must still be sent as hard copy)
  • GRE (see requirements for your prospective program)

—Teaching Assistantship Application Materials:

  • Teaching Statement (pdf or Word doc format)

For the Teaching Statement you should address the following:

  • Your teaching experience (salaried or volunteer) up to three examples.
  • Why do you want to teach college-level writing courses at UNM?
  • How does your previous educational experience equip you to be an effective teacher?
  • How does teaching fit into your long-range career goals?
  • What qualities do you think characterize an effective college-level teacher? (Give examples to illustrate.)
  • Why do you think you will be an effective college-level teacher?
  • Expository Writing Sample of 10-15 pages (only required for Creative Writing students) (pdf or Word doc format)
  • Two Additional Recommendation Letters

If two of the three admissions recommendations address your potential as a TA, you only have to submit three letters total. If your main recommendation letters are not so directly applicable to a TAship, you must submit another two letters that will address your potential as a Teaching Assistant.

Teaching Assistantships begin in the Fall semester, and applications are due by January 15.

General Requirements

—GPA Requirements

All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA in English or in a cognate discipline. Our graduate admissions committee evaluates all applications holistically, giving weight to the letter of intent, writing samples, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and GPA. Admission to all programs is competitive.

—Transferring Non-Degree Credit into Graduate Programs

With the approval of the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, you may transfer up to 12 hours of credit from graduate-level courses taken at other accredited programs or at UNM while studying on a Non-Degree basis. General admission information is available at the Office of Graduate Studies.

Contact the Graduate Advisor to discuss whether your degree in a non-English field would be acceptable.

—Required Enrollment

All graduate students in English must enroll for a minimum of 3 hours in English graduate courses per semester. Teaching Assistants must be enrolled for 6 hours of graduate credit per semester. In both cases, the summer session is excluded unless the student holds a summer Teaching Assistantship.

Program Specific Requirements (select below)

Specific Application Requirements for MA or PhD Applicants:

MA in Literature
MA in Medieval Studies
MA in Rhetoric & Writing
PhD in Literature
PhD in Medieval Studies
PhD in Rhetoric & Writing

Requirements

—Letter of Intent

This is your opportunity to tell the English program faculty about yourself formally, including your areas of interest, previous relevant experience, and academic goals. Your letter, which should not exceed two pages, should also indicate how you envision yourself and your work within the strengths of the prospective program of study. As admission is granted to select candidates whom core faculty believe will best be served by UNM’s specific program, it will be helpful for faculty to know why you’re choosing UNM.

—Writing Sample

A Writing Sample must also accompany your application. Applicants should submit a 20-page research paper that demonstrates analytical strengths and critical writing skills.

—Letters of Recommendation (minimum 3)

A minimum of three Letters of Recommendation are required. You will be prompted in the online application screen to provide the names, email addresses, and affiliations of your three recommenders, who will then be requested electronically to provide your recommendations.

If your recommenders cannot upload your letter to our system for some reason, the persons who recommend you may choose to return the sealed recommendations to you or directly to the English Department. Because these letters need to be sent to the English Department (not the Office of Admissions), it will help if you provide your referees with a stamped envelope with the correct address, including the program to which you are applying.

—GRE Requirements

All applicants to the MA and PhD programs must take the basic GRE examinations. In addition, all applicants to the PhD program must take the GRE Advanced Test in Literature.

Note: Test scores for all GRE Examinations must be submitted by the application deadlines. Thus, students taking the Advanced Test in Literature should plan to take the examination well in advance of the deadlines. Applications unaccompanied by official GRE scores will not be processed. The General GRE is offered in Albuquerque at the Prometric Testing Center. Call 505-296-0609 for further information. Subject tests are available at the Testing Center here at the University of New Mexico.

Call 505-277-5345 for an information packet or you may schedule a testing session to be taken at the Center on-line at www.ets.org/gre. More information about GRE scheduling is available at the GRE website.

To obtain your scores, you'll need the code for UNM and for the department:
University of New Mexico - 4845
English Language and Literature – 2501

—Requirements for Prior Study/Degree

Applicants for the PhD program must hold a Master's degree in English, or, in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Graduate Admissions Committee, in a cognate discipline such as Comparative Languages and Literature, Cultural Studies, American Studies, or Linguistics.

Applicants for the MA program must hold a Bachelor's degree in English, or, in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Graduate Admissions Committee, in a cognate discipline such as Comparative Languages and Literature, Cultural Studies, American Studies, or Linguistics.

—Official Academic Transcript/s

An Official Transcript from EACH academic institution you have attended, to be sent directly to the English department (with the exception of the University of New Mexico). It is preferred that the institution send one copy of the transcripts directly to the Admissions Office. If you have the transcripts sent directly to you, DO NOT OPEN THE TRANSCRIPT ENVELOPES. Those that have been opened or tampered with will be considered unofficial and will delay the admissions process. Please order your transcripts early, so that you do not miss the departmental deadline!

Specific Application Requirements for MFA Applicants:

MFA in Fiction
MFA in Creative Non-Fiction,
MFA in Poetry

Requirements

—Letter of Intent

This is your opportunity to tell Creative Writing program faculty about yourself. Include relevant experience, both in and outside the classroom, literary influences, and goals. Prospective students are advised to research the MFA program before submitting an application. MFA students should also address literary influences, and goals. Prospective students are advised to research the MFA program before submitting an application. As admission is granted to select candidates whom core faculty believe will best be served by UNM’s specific program, it will be helpful for faculty to know why you’re choosing UNM’s MFA. Your letter, which should not exceed two pages, should indicate how you envision yourself and your work within the strengths of the program.

—Writing Sample

A Writing Sample must accompany your application and provides the criteria that faculty refer to most often when discussing whom to admit. Applicants should submit their writing sample according to genre:

  1. a portfolio of ten to fifteen poems not to exceed 20 pages in length; or
  2. one or preferably two stories or a novel excerpt not to exceed a total of 7500 words; or
  3. 15-20 pages of non-fiction prose.

In all cases, your writing sample should represent your best work to date.

—Letters of Recommendation (minimum 3)

A minimum of three Letters of Recommendation. You will be prompted in the on-line application screen to provide the names, email addresses, and affiliations of your three recommenders, who will then be requested electronically to provide your recommendations.

If your recommender cannot upload your letter to our system for some reason, the persons who recommend you may choose to return the sealed recommendations to you or directly to the English Department. Because these letters need to be sent to the English Department (not the Office of Admissions), it will help if you provide your referees with a stamped envelope with the correct address, including the program to which you are applying.

Creative writing program faculty pay close attention to the observations of college level teachers who are familiar with your writing and your work in the classroom. Of secondary interest are recommendations from people who you’ve worked with or for. Of lesser interest are recommendations from friends and family members.

—The MFA does not have a GRE requirement.

—Official Academic Transcript/s

An Official Transcript from EACH academic institution you have attended (with the exception of the University of New Mexico). It is preferred that the institution send one copy of the transcripts directly to the Admissions Office. If you have the transcripts sent directly to you, DO NOT OPEN THE TRANSCRIPT ENVELOPES. Those that have been opened or tampered with will be considered unofficial and will delay the admissions process. Please order your transcripts early, so that you do not miss the departmental deadline!

Once you have completed your application with the Office of Admissions and have all of your required materials you can complete the Departmental application process by clicking the button below.

 

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