Admission to M.A. and Ph.D. Programs

We are pleased that you are considering joining the English MA or PhD program at The University of Iowa. Our next admissions cycle is for fall 2019 admission; applications are accepted between September 1, 2018 through December 14, 2018.  Online application and all documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, writing sample, and statement of purpose) must be received by Friday, December 14, 2018, by 4:00 PM CST). All admitted applicants will be notified by phone or email around the middle of  March. We do not accept applications for spring semester admissions.

The Department recommends that:

  • Applicants to the MA and PhD programs have at least a 3.5 GPA;
  • Applicants score in the top 25%  of the verbal section of the GRE (subject test is not required); and
  • Applicants whose native language is not English score at least 111 on the TOEFL iBT; 273 on the CBT; and 640 on the TOEFL or IELTS PBT, with a minimum iBT speaking score of 26 for teaching.*

Application Procedures

  • To apply to the PhD and Program, you will need to upload your pdf documents directly to the University of Iowa’s Office of Admissions. Please click here.   The $60.00 applicaton fee is paid by using a credit card ($100.00 for international applicants).   
  •  After you submit your application, you will receive email instructions (within 24 hours) on how to establish your HawkID and password in order to access your Admissions Profile on MyUI, our online portal for students. You will then upload the required supplemental pdf documents through a secure portal.

All pdf documents listed below are due no later than December 14th, 2018, by 4:00 PM CST:

  1. Your unofficial academic records/transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. If you are formally admitted, you will need to submit official records/transcripts prior to entering the program.  
  2. Three letters of recommendation.  You will be asked to provide the contact information of your recommenders on your Profile. The recommender will then receive an email from the Office of Admissions instructing them on how to upload a recommendation letter.  Letters should be written by persons familiar enough with your intellectual attainments to evaluate your potential as a graduate student in English (preferably instructors of your college English courses or professionals familiar with your writing abilities and work habits). Letters of Recommendation may be submitted through a dossier service (such as Interfolio), please inform the service to submit the letters via email to cherie-hansen-rieskamp@uiowa.edu.
  3. A brief statement of purpose (1-2 pages) explaining your intellectual interests, qualifications, and reasons for choosing Iowa’s MA or PhD program.
  4. Official GRE General Test scores; the University institutional code is 6681.
  5. Official TOEFL scores for non-native speakers of English.*  
  6. A writing sample.  The sample should be your best critical or scholarly writing, originally written for a class, with the original instructor’s comments included (if available, not mandatory). Because of the number of applications we receive, we ask applicants to submit only one paper, of moderate length (10-25 pages).
  7. CV/Resume

*Non-native speakers of English should note that most students are funded through teaching, and the Iowa Board of Regents mandates that all non-native speakers of English pass an oral English test in order to teach; the equivalent of an iBT speaking section score of 26 is required. If you are a non-native English speaker, we consider your TOEFL scores and, additionally, we will conduct a telephone interview with you at an appropriate time in order to discern mastery of spoken English. For electronic submission of TOEFL test scores, the University of Iowa Institutional Code is 6681.

 Please send direct questions about applications to cherie-hansen-rieskamp@uiowa.edu.  We look forward to receiving your application.

The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. For additional information contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, (319) 335-0705. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in these programs, please contact the English Department at (319) 335-0440.