Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Admission requirements of English department

Applicants for admission to all graduate programs in English should submit all materials by January 15 for fall semester admission. In all cases, admission is determined by the graduate admissions committee of the department under guidelines established by the Graduate School. Applicants are admitted on the basis of their total records, and there are no predetermined quantitative criteria that by themselves ensure a positive or negative decision. There is midyear admission to the M.A. program but not the Ph.D. program. The deadline for spring M.A. admission is October 15.

About the Graduate Record Examination: All applicants to the Stony Brook University are required to take the general aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The English Department does not require applicants to take the subject test.

Our admissions committee will review an applicant’s file when all documents have been received. This includes the GRE score. Therefore, it is to the student’s advantage to take the exam at the earliest opportunity. We do not admit provisionally. Information about testing dates can be obtained by contacting the Educational Testing Service at www.gre.org. While we have no set cutoff score for admission, we pay special attention to the score on the verbal and analytical writing sections of the examination.

Admission to the M.A.T. in English 7-12

The M.A.T. in English 7-12 is administered by the School of Professional Development. Individuals interested in this program should refer to the School of Professional Development’s section in this bulletin.

Admission to the M.A. Program in English

The following, in addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, are required for admission to the M.A. program:

A. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution;

B. An average of at least B in the last two years of undergraduate work;

C. An official transcript of all undergraduate work;

D. Letters of recommendation from three instructors;

E. The applicant’s score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, required of all students by the Graduate School;

F. A writing sample (10 double-spaced pages; page count does not include bibliography);

G. Acceptance by both the Department of English and the Graduate School.

Admission to the Ph.D. Program in English

The following, in addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, are required for admission to the Ph.D. program:

A. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution;

B. An average of at least B in the last two years of undergraduate work;

C. An official transcript of all undergraduate work and of any graduate work that may have been done;

D. Letters of recommendation from three instructors;

E. The applicant’s score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, required by the Graduate School of applicants in all departments;

F. A writing sample (15-20 double-spaced pages; page count does not include bibliography);

G. Proficiency in a language other than English, equivalent to two years of college work;

H. Acceptance by both the Department of English and the Graduate School. 

Semi-finalists for admission to the PhD program will be invited to a video-conference interview with a member of the Graduate Admissions Committee.