Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

I'm only interested in completing a master's degree at UCI. Is that possible?

We only offer a terminal master's degree through the Summer M.A. Program. We do offer a Ph.D. in English or American Literature.

How many students apply? How many are admitted?

We receive approximately 200 applications and typically enroll 12-15 new graduate students each year.

May I submit more than 3 letters of recommendation?

Please send us three letters of recommendation from those who know you and your work best. Additional letters of recommendation rarely enhance your application.

How do I submit the required three letters of recommendation?

Your three letters of recommendation must be submitted via the electronic application.

Do I need to send copies of my transcript(s) to both the Graduate Division and the Department of English?

No, we only require that one (1) official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution previously attended be sent directly to the Department of English from your Registrar's Office in a sealed envelope.

What are the requirements for the Statement of Purpose?

There are no specific page lengths or formatting requirements for the Statement of Purpose. Your statement is an opportunity to explain your reasons for pursuing graduate study and how your academic interests relate to your professional goals.

How long should my writing sample be?

Please submit one 10-20 page essay representing your best work. Only one writing sample should be submitted. You may submit an excerpt from a longer paper but please do not send several shorter essays.

When do my GRE scores need to be submitted?

GRE scores must be submitted by the December 15 deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their scores have been received by the Graduate Division. Your application will be considered incomplete until the scores are received.

Is the December 15th application deadline a postmark deadline?

Yes, all application materials postmarked December 15 or earlier will be accepted.