Admissions

Application Process

The Department of English is now accepting applications for admission for fall 2017. The application deadline is December 15th.

Panthera, the Graduate School’s online application system, will collect information about your educational background, transcripts, personal statement, letters of recommendation, writing samples, application fee, and an application for a teaching assistantship, if you choose to apply for one.

International applicants also need to follow the application requirement guidelines of UWM’s Center for International Education.

When you request a letter of recommendation, your recommender receives an email with a link to upload his or her letter directly to UWM.

If you feel you might qualify for an Advanced Opportunity Fellowship and plan to apply for one that would begin in the 2017-2018 academic year, please contact the plan coordinator by November 15.

To begin your application, choose the “Apply Now” button below your degree and program of interest.

UWM Panthera Graduate Admission Application

  • Application Form
  • Reason Statement
    Also called a “Personal Statement,” it should be a substantive outline of your research interests, qualifications, and plans for graduate study.
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    Upload unofficial transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. If accepted, you will be required to submit official transcripts in order to enroll.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample(s)
    Follow the instructions in each concentration’s application regarding writing samples. If you are applying for a Teaching Assistantship your program may require an additional writing sample.
  • GRE Scores
    Report your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores at www.gre.org using these codes: Institution code: R1473. Program code: 2501. Choose the Graduate Institution (GI) option. Scores must be received by the application deadline, and must be no more than 5 years old at the beginning of your planned semester of entry. Only the general test is required.
  • Application Fee

Specific Requirements for Each Plan

Literature and Cultural Theory
All applicants must provide: An academic writing sample of 10-20 pages. For those simultaneously applying for a graduate teaching position, you should also be prepared to provide: An additional 10-20 page academic writing sample; A one-page teaching statement.

Rhetoric and Composition
All applicants must provide: An academic writing sample of 10-20 pages. For those simultaneously applying for a graduate teaching position, you should also be prepared to provide: An additional 10-20 page academic writing sample; A one-page teaching statement. We recommend at least one of your letters of recommendation speaks to your teaching experience or potential teaching ability.

Creative Writing
All applicants must provide: An academic writing sample of 10-20 pages, and a creative writing sample of up to 30 pages of fiction or non-fiction or 10 pages of poetry. Any applicant who wishes to may also provide a Curriculum Vita. Those simultaneously applying for a graduate teaching position should also provide an additional 10-20-page academic writing sample and a one-page teaching statement. We recommend that at least one of your letters of recommendation speak to your teaching experience or potential teaching ability.

Professional and Technical Writing
All applicants must provide: A 10-20 page writing sample. Applicants for the PhD program should provide an academic writing sample such as a course term paper. Applicants for the MA program may provide an academic writing sample or a portfolio of workplace documents totaling 10-20 pages in length. If you wish to be considered for a graduate teaching position or a graduate research assistantship, please indicate so in your personal statement. Applicants for teaching assistantships should, if possible, arrange for at least one of your letters of recommendation to address your teaching experience or potential teaching ability.

Media, Cinema and Digital Studies
All applicants must provide: An academic writing sample of 10-20 pages. For those simultaneously applying for a graduate teaching position, you should also provide an additional 10-20 page academic writing sample and a one-page teaching statement.


MA/MLIS Coordinated Degree

Students applying to the MA/MLIS coordinated degree program submit the materials above, and must also meet the admission requirements of the School of Information Studies. To begin your application, choose the “Apply Now” button below “English MA and Library and Information Science MLIS” on the coordinated degree application page.

Non-Degree Admissions

In some circumstances, students can apply for Non-Degree Candidate Admission to take courses for graduate credit without pursuing a degree. For example, students who need to demonstrate the ability to perform graduate level work or who need to remedy a course deficiency may apply for non-degree admission. Students applying for non-degree admissions should complete the Graduate School Application, and should indicate in their application’s Reasons Statement which particular course or courses they intend to take and a justification for why they need to take each one. In addition, non-degree applicants should provide unofficial copies of transcripts from previous colleges or universities, and a ten-page writing sample of work relevant to the proposed area of study. Applicants are encouraged to contact course instructors as early as possible to discuss the possibility of enrolling in the course.

Questions or problems? Please contact Alessandra Gillen in the English Graduate Studies Office: agillen@uwm.edu