Application Deadline

The application will open September 1. To receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by February 1.

Program Begins

 Fall semester only


Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes. If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

Required by Program
  • Substantial academic writing sample of 10-20 pages, showing the applicant's strongest work and potential for literary research
  • Statement of approximately 500 words articulating the applicant's goals for graduate study, research interests, career aspirations, and the reasons for applying
  • Resume is strongly recommended
  • Applicants submit two letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with the applicant's academic performance and potential for graduate work.  Additional letters may be sent if relevant to a candidate's application.  If an applicant has been out of school for some time, he or she should contact the Graduate Director for advice about appropriate recommenders.
  • GRE General Test (optional)
Online Application
International Applicants

International Graduate Information

International applicants will upload a credential evaluation of their non-U.S. college or university transcripts from one of the services listed at this link: Credential_Evaluation

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