IUP Graduate Admissions

Candidates to the MA in Literature program should go to the School of Graduate Studies and Research to access:

  • Admission requirements and application instructions
  • Admissions application and international forms
  • Tuition and fees information

For general information about graduate applications, please call the School of Graduate Studies and Research at 724-357-2222, or e-mail graduate-admissions@iup.edu.

Admissions Requirements Specific to the MA in Literature

In addition to meeting IUP's general graduate admissions requirements, candidates to the M.A. Literature program should be aware of the following:

  • Candidates are expected to have at least a 2.5 overall GPA. But, if your GPA is below a 3.0, we recommend that you also submit a critical writing sample (normally an essay of ten to twenty pages written for an upper-level English course or an excerpt from a senior thesis).
  • Candidates are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), but may submit it to bolster their applications.
  • Candidates with strong academic records, but with backgrounds in other disciplines, should contact ma-gen@iup.edu for advisement prior to applying.

Priority review will be given to applications received by the following deadlines:

  • For fall semester: January 15 for early decision or March 15 for second round, pending availability.
  • Applications received after March 15 may be considered on a rolling basis, but only in the case that there are still openings in the program.

Adherence to these deadlines will ensure that accepted students are able to register with continuing graduate students in the program.