Graduate Studies Application Procedures


Department of English Application Deadlines:

The deadline for most programs is January 15th for the following fall semester.

MTESOL and MA Linguistics have three deadlines: September 15 for spring, and January 15 and April 15 for fall.

MA English Online has two deadlines: April 15 for fall and September 15 for spring

MAS deadlines:  April 15 for fall.

MFA deadline is January 1 (This program admits for fall semester only.)

All supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, must be uploaded by January 15th (or by the other deadlines stated above).

Submit an Online Graduate Education Application along with the required application fee.

Please have the following items sent to Arizona State University Graduate Enrollment Services:

Official transcripts from degree granting institutions. Electronic transcripts, sent by email, are not accepted. For more information, please visit Graduate Application Procedure.

Official test score reports (if required) (institution code is 4007)

International students must submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS score).

GRE scores: GRE general test scores are required for Master of Arts in literature, rhetoric and composition and Doctor of Philosophy in literature and rhetoric/composition and linguistics. The GRE subject test score is optional for the Doctor of Philosophy in literature program. Official scores are sent from ETS to Graduate Admissions.  For more information on the GRE and test dates contact University Testing Service at 480-965-7146. For more information on testing contact the Educational Testing Service

Graduate Education

Have your official transcripts, test scores and other official documents sent to:

Regular Mail
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 871003
Tempe, AZ 85287-1003
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ  85287-0112


Graduate Admission Services is located in Student Services Building (SSV), Room 140, Window 10.

Contact Graduate Admissions Services

*International students for whom English is not a native language must also submit evidence of English proficiency.  This can be done in one of three ways:
1.  One of the following results on a standardized English proficiency test:  (a) 100 or higher on the TOEFL; (b) 7.0 or higher on the IELTS;
2.  A grade of "A" in all Advanced 2 classes in the ASU American English and Culture Program (AECP) (;
3.  One of the following from a regionally accredited college/university in the US: (a) a bachelor's degree or higher; (b) at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; (c) at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The following supporting documents  MUST BE uploaded into your online graduate application:

Statement of Purpose, no more than two pages, summarizing past educational experiences and goals in pursuing a graduate degree

Academic Writing Sample, if required by program. For example, one critical paper or research paper 10-25 pages prepared in an upper-division or graduate English course. This paper should show no markings or evaluative comments by a previous grader.

CV or résumé

At least three letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your work. (Non-MFA Applicants: You will be asked for your recommenders' email addresses in the online application. Recommenders will be contacted automatically with the link to upload their letters. Do not send hard copies of letters of recommendation. You may log into your MyASU account to check the receipt of letters of recommendation and send reminders to recommenders. You can also check the status of your application. MFA APPLICANTS: You are required to mail hard copies of the letters to the address below.***)

If you are applying for a Teaching Assistantship, you must also upload a TA Application and a one-page Statement of Teaching Philosophy.  You may copy and paste your philosophy statement onto page two of the TA Application and then upload that document into the online application.

Once Graduate Admissions receives the online application, students are notified of their ASURITE ID and activation code through an acknowledgment via e-mail within 48 hours of the receipt of the application. If you have submitted an application and have not received this code, please contact admissions at

or call 480-965-6113. After you activate your ASURITE account (at you may monitor the status of your application on your MyASU homepage at

***MFA applicants should mail three (3) copies of your creative manuscript and three hard copy letters of recommendation by January 1 directly to:

Creative Writing Program
ASU – English
P.O. Box 870302
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302

Do not send your writing sample to the Graduate College.

Application for admission with all supporting documents must be received by January 1. If the applicant wishes to be considered for financial aid, including teaching assistantship, for the following fall semester, the deadline is also January 1. (Note: no applicant will be allowed to begin an initial assistantship assignment in the spring semester.) Those applying for a teaching assistantship must also include a completed graduate assistantship application, an academic writing sample and a statement of teaching philosophy.


American Media & Popular Culture (MAS) applicants


  1. Applicants must submit a two-page personal statement that describes their past academic work, their reasons for pursuing the MAS and the skills that prepare them for this degree.
  2. Applicants to the MAS in American Media and Popular Culture program must complete a three-page essay that assesses their knowledge of media theory and critical analysis skills. The subject of the essay will be included in the online Graduate Admissions Application.
  3. Applicants may submit two or three letters of reference, although such recommendations are optional. Referees should be former teachers or work supervisors. Letters from former teachers should address the applicant's academic performance, and all letters should address the motivation and character of the applicant. Recommenders should specifically state the program in which the applicant is applying (i.e. American Media and Pop Culture).
  4. Before final admission decisions are made, selected applicants will be interviewed by the Film & Media Studies Graduate Selection Committee via Skype.
  5. The GRE is not required.

Official Transcripts must be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. Supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, are uploaded into the online application. Do not send ANY application materials to the Department of English.


For tuition information, visit the tuition schedule.

For questions, contact:

Graduate Program Manager
Department of English
P.O. Box 870302
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302


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