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Admission Requirements

For admission, students must have a bachelor's degree in English or the equivalent or a bachelor's degree in another major with clear evidence of the ability to succeed in an advanced program in British and American language and literature. Students without a bachelor's degree in English may be required to complete up to three upper-level courses in British or American literature with B+ grades or better before being admitted to the program. Students should have at least a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate major. Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are not required, but they may be submitted in order to strengthen an application.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A completed application.
  • Official transcripts detailing course work from all colleges and universities you have attended. If you send transcripts directly to DePaul, they must be in a sealed envelope with the official registrar's stamp across the envelope flap.
  • A personal statement of approximately 500 words, describing your relevant preparation and interest in literature, your immediate goals in applying to DePaul's MA in English Literature and Publishing program, and your plans for the future. (Students who have not completed a BA in English are encouraged to describe the strengths and weaknesses in their preparation for graduate work in English Literature and Publishing.)
  • A representative sample of academic or professional writing that strongly indicates your ability to do well with advanced literary history and criticism.
  • You must pay a non-refundable $75.00 application fee before your application can be reviewed.
  • Students applying for graduate assistantships should visit the department page for additional requirements.
  • International students should also see the International Admission page for more information. We follow the LAS Graduate College's requirements for English proficiency. Visit this page to see the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores you must meet for admission to our graduate program. 


We accept applications all year round, and students may begin their studies in any academic term. We strongly suggest that students submit their applications four to six weeks prior to the quarter in which they wish to begin their studies. Those students who wish to apply for graduate assistantships should submit their application materials no later than January 15 prior to the academic year for which they wish to receive an assistantship.

ALL application materials should be sent to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admission
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Application materials can also be emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at  Colleges and universities that provide official electronic transcripts services should send transcripts to  Please make sure your name is on all documents. Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly from the recommender as an attached pdf document on letterhead with the recommender's signature.

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If you need assistance to complete your application and/or have questions, contact the LAS Graduate Admission office at (773) 325-7315 or