2024-2025 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in English

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in English


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 4, 2023

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Not required

Letters of Recommendation

3, attesting to the applicant's ability to succeed in graduate study

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose and a writing sample. Care should be taken with the statement of purpose and the writing sample, since the quality of thought and argument these exhibit, as well as their style, weigh significantly in admissions decisions.

Applicants are expected to meet the following requirements: an undergraduate major or program that prepares one for advanced study of literature; a grade-point average in English courses and in the junior and senior years of at least 3.5.

Applicants who hold a master's degree are expected to have a grade-point average of at least 3.7 in all graduate courses and a correspondingly higher score on the Subject Test.

Students admitted into the graduate program enter the first phase of the doctoral program, successful completion of which results in the award of the MA degree.

Program Name


Leading to the
degree of

M.A., Ph.D.

Admits only Ph.D. applicants.

Major Code



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