Admission

Requirements

Applicants to the Master's program in English must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants are normally expected to have at least eighteen undergraduate credits and a 3.0 average in English, but applications are occasionally accepted from candidates who majored in related fields.

How to Apply

  1. Please visit the web pages of the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to request additional information, view application deadlines or to begin your online application.
  2. Contact Dr. Evan Radcliffe, the Program Director, to discuss your interest in doing graduate work.
  3. Applicants to the Degree Program should submit the following materials:
    • Application for admission online.
    • Application fee. $50 payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree. It is also waived for those who meet on campus with Dr. Radcliffe to discuss the program or who attend an Open House or Virtual Information Session sponsored by the Graduate Studies Office. (Listings of those sessions appear on the Graduate Arts and Sciences Events webpage.)
    • Transcripts. Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll. Step 2 - Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application, and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation. Please use the form found on the online application.
    • Graduate Record Examination. Please note that GRE scores from tests taken more than five years before the date of application will not be accepted. While we prefer to receive the score if you have taken the GRE subject test, it is not a requirement for admission.
    • A Writing Sample, preferably a critical essay of roughly 10 pages.
    • A one-to-two-page statement outlining your objectives.
  4. Applicants to a non-degree Certificate Program should submit the following materials:
    • Application for admission online.
    • Application fee. $50 payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree. It is also waived for those who meet on campus with Dr. Radcliffe to discuss the program or who attend an Open House or Virtual Information Session sponsored by the Graduate Studies Office. (Listings of those sessions appear on the Graduate Arts and Sciences Events webpage.)
    • Transcripts. Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll. Step 2 - Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application, and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
    • A Writing Sample, preferably a critical essay of roughly 10 pages.

Application

Send all application materials to:Office of Graduate Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Contact Us

Villanova University
Department of English
St. Augustine Center
Room 402
800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Evan Radcliffe
Graduate Program Director

Emailevan.radcliffe@villanova.edu
Phone: (610) 519-4648

Brooke Erdman
Graduate Program Coordinator
Email
brooke.erdman@villanova.edu
Phone: (610) 519-7826