English: Teaching

Within the online application system, applicants must provide general information (including educational history details), as well as the following specific program requirements.

Applicants must also request official transcripts, and any required graduate test and/or language proficiency official scores, be sent to WMU.

Application deadlines

For Fall semester deadline: January 10. Application must be received by January 10 to be considered for a graduate assistantship.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required; please submit within the online application system.

Graduate test

This program requires the General GRE.

Note: International applicants may have to provide evidence of English language proficiency. More information can be found within the online application.


This program requires three recommendations. Please send email requests for such recommendations from within the online system.

Written statement

Please prepare a statement which covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:

I am applying for admission into the ______________________________ program.

Programs/concentrations include:

Master of Arts in Literature—MA

Master of Arts with an Emphasis in Teaching—MAET

Master of Fine Arts in Fiction—MFA

Master of Fine Arts in Poetry—MFA

Master of Fine Arts in Drama—MFA

Please prepare a statement which covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:

Submit a 750-word essay about why you wish to undertake graduate study and which key experiences have shaped your decision. You may reflect upon ideas, texts, and modes of study that inspire you and discuss your plans for pursuing them. Please use the essay to highlight important aspects of your application.

Previous written work

Submit one writing sample on a topic in your chosen program/concentration. Your writing sample should be typed, double-spaced, and unmarked. For the M.A.E.T. degree, this should be a 10-15 page scholarly paper on a literary topic or on the teaching of literature or composition.

Other program materials

If applying for graduate assistantship, complete the following narrative and submit within the online application:

If you have taught before, write a 700- to 1000-word essay explaining your teaching philosophy and experience. If you have not taught, write a 500-word essay in which you imagine your own approach to teaching.

Additional information

If you have any questions, please review the website below for program and contact information.

Department of English — College of Arts and Sciences

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