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Graduate students within the Department of English work closely on research and writing projects with the members of our graduate faculty, who specialize in all areas of literary, theoretical, cultural studies and creative writing. MA students complete a broad-based program in literature. MFA students work toward a creative writing thesis (a book of poems, a novel, or a cross-genre work). PhD students may choose a concentration in any area of English-language literature. The English department encourages and supports cross-disciplinary work for all of our students.

GRE scores are not required for the MA and MFA, and PhD programs. The admissions committee will not have access to any GRE scores that are submitted.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the fall 2022 term will open in July. The online application for admission is available here.

  • Fall 2022 Domestic Application Deadline: January 3, 2022
  • Fall 2022 International Application Deadline: December 15, 2021
  • Applications are due by 9:59pm MST/ 11:59pm EST on the deadline. Please check how these times apply to your specific time-zone.

    Applicant Instructions

    Prior to beginning the application process, please read the English Graduate Admissions FAQs and the Graduate School FAQs carefully along with the instructions on completing and submitting your application.

    Please also read all instructions in the online application system prior to submitting your materials. All applicants must submit their online application and pay the application fee by the deadline. Official TOEFL/IELTS score reports, additional transcripts, and letters of reference will be accepted for up to two weeks after the published deadline.

    Applicants are responsible for monitoring the progress of their application and ensuring that all required materials have been submitted and received by the Graduate School admissions staff.

    Domestic applicants who have completed a program of study or a degree at institutions outside the U.S. are advised to apply by the deadline for international applicants to allow sufficient processing time of foreign transcripts.

    For technical support and questions about the online application, please contact:

  • Graduate Admissions Application Help: 303-492-5297
  • Graduate Admissions email: [email protected]
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