Admission Requirements

Applicants to the English program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. A writing sample of 8-10 pages (or the combined equivalent thereof if you do not have a paper of this length) that preferably contains a thesis-driven argument.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers. Please ask your letter writers to comment on your capabilities in the following areas:
    - Critical, writing, research skills and experience.Teaching experience or other classroom leadership if student is applying for a TAship.
    - Student’s commitment to their studies.
    - Experience working with student in an educational capacity.
    - Student’s research interests (if known).
    - Anything additional information that might be important to know about the applicant.
    - Student's unique qualities
  4. A personal statement. In a statement of 500-750 words, please describe:
    - your academic experiences and interests relative to one of the program’s three concentrations (Literary & Cultural Studies, Writing & Rhetoric, or TESOL),
    - your professional goals, and
    - your reasons for pursuing an MA in English at the University of Dayton.
  5. Teaching Concentration Only: a copy of current teaching license or an official letter from current school principal indicating that you are a full-time teacher.

If you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship, please indicate that in your statement and comment on any teaching or relevant instructional experiences and/or preparation for teaching that might qualify you for an assistantship.

Save your personal statement as a Word document or PDF and send it electronically to with the subject line: Personal Statement: Lastname, First Initial., MA in English

Example: Personal Statement: Foucault, M., MA in English

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements:

Students seeking admission must have completed studies in English and American literature, writing or both that will enable them to pursue graduate studies with distinction. Ordinarily, students will have completed 24 semester hours in literature, composition or both beyond the 100 level with a grade-point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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Department of English

Humanities 200A 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1520