Graduate Admissions

Application Process

The Department of English will begin accepting applications for admission for fall 2015 starting in October. The application deadline is December 15th.

Applying for admission is a two step process:

Step 1

Apply to the Graduate School. You'll need to:

  1. Fill out the Graduate School Degree application.
  2. Enter your Personal Statement directly to the application.
  3. Ensure that official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies are delivered to the Graduate School.
  4. Submit your GRE scores. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (only the General Test is required). Info: Scores must be no more than 5 years old at the beginning of your planned semester of entry. Report your scores using these codes: Institution code: R1473. Program code: 2501. Choose the Graduate Institution (GI) option. Scores must be received by the application deadline.
  5. Pay the application fee. You can pay the fee online with a credit card.

Visit to start the application to the Graduate School. Completing your Graduate School application online is highly recommended. Once your Graduate School application is complete, it is sent to the Department of English for further review.

Step 2

Apply to a program of study in the Department of English.

Applications for entry in fall 2014 are no longer being accepted for most degree programs in English. Applicants for the Professional and Technical Writing MA Program will be able to apply in March to meet a Plan G April 1 deadline for a fall 2014 start date. All other applicants for degree programs throughout the department should check back in October to apply for entry in fall 2015.

Application Instructions

Print out these directions (application instructions.pdf) and keep them with you during the application process; it will help you navigate the steps much more easily.

Applying online to UWM's English Program via Interfolio consists of two parts: first, you create a dossier of materials (for free) at Interfolio; second, you visit a short series of UWM-specific web pages (also hosted by Interfolio), where you'll provide some additional information and documents. Read through the steps below before you start so you can be sure to have everything you need at hand.

Part A: Create Your Interfolio Dossier

  1. Click "Apply" (the orange button at the bottom ) to login to your personal Interfolio account, or sign up a new one for free, just create a username and password, and enter some basic contact information . Click "Continue" when you're done.
  2. To add documents to your personal Interfolio account, click the turquoise colored button labeled “My Account” at the top right. You must upload documents to your personal Interfolio account before you can submit them to UWM. click on the "Manage Dossier" to request letters of recommendation and to upload your own documents to your personal Interfolio account. For your letters of recommendation, click the button labeled "Request Recommendation" Your recommender will receive your request, and upload the letter confidentially for you. For other documents, such as personal statements or writing samples, click the button labeled "+Add" to upload them yourself.
For this required UWM Application document… …select this “Document type” from the dropdown menu
Confidential letters of recommendation (3 separate letters required; for those applying for teaching positions, note that some plans request that at least one letter speak to your experience or potential as a teacher. Details for each plan can be found under "Application Instructions" on the first Interfolio application page.) "Confidential Letter of Recommendation"
Academic writing sample (10-20 pages) "Writing Sample"
Personal Statement (1-2 pages) "Personal Statement"
If you are applying for a teaching assistantship, you must provide two additional documents:
A second academic writing sample (10-20 pages) "Writing Sample"
Statement of Teaching Philosophy (1-2 pages) "Teaching Statement"
Applicants to the Creative Writing program (Plan C) must also provide a creative writing sample:
Creative writing sample (30 pgs of fiction or non-fiction or 10 pgs of poetry) "Writing Sample"

Once you have uploaded all the necessary documents, you're ready to move on to Part B.

Part B: Complete your application

  1. Click the orange “New Delivery” button on your main Dossier page. In the text box that appears, Start typing, "University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School: English." A list of positions will appear. Select the appropriate position (don't select "AMCAS") and make sure the description lists the correct plan (A, B, C, G, or H) which you are applying.
  2. Step 1 of 3: Application Documents. Read the instructions on the first page, then click "+Add" to add your documents for each required category. You'll be able to select the documents that you added to your personal Interfolio account in Part A, including your three Confidential Letters of Recommendation, your Writing Sample, and your Personal Statement. If you're applying for a Teaching Assistantship, make sure you use the "Additional Documents" area to add your second writing sample and your statement of Teaching Philosophy. (Ignore the warning, "You may add any other documents desired to this application, they may or may not be accepted and considered as part of your application": documents provided here will be accepted and considered as part of your application.) When you are finished adding your documents from your dossier click "continue" at the bottom of the page.
  3. Step 2 of 3: Education Information. This is an Interfolio page that we can’t modify, and never see. I wish we could remove it, but Interfolio insists that it stay. Just enter your most recent degree.
  4. Step 3 of 3: 2013 English Graduate Studies Application. This is the other important part. Enter all information carefully and click continue when finished.
  5. When you are finished with your application, click “Complete Application.” If you are not finished, you can always come back later to finish, and your prior work will be saved. Access your application through your personal Interfolio account’s Dossier page.
    Congratulations, you're done! You should receive confirmation e-mail shortly. Questions or problems? Please contact Jason Puskar, Associate Chair of Graduate Studies:

    Other Financial Assistance

    UWM offers other forms of financial assistance. Click on the links below for information and application instructions for:

    • Advanced Opportunity (AOP) Fellowship
      The Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) is funded by the State of Wisconsin. AOP Fellowships are designed to assist members of groups under-represented in graduate study, and other disadvantaged students, to enter and complete a graduate degree at UWM.  Please note: the AOP application requires a separate letter of recommendation that addresses your application and qualification for this funding.
    • Non-Resident Tuition Remission (NRTR)
      A NRTR waiver grants out-of-state students the ability to pay in-state tuition rates. To find out more about this program, its restrictions, and how to apply, contact the English Department’s Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, Prof. Jason Puskar <>.
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teaching Assistantship

    International Applicants Only:

    Application Process:

    Applying for admission is a two step process:

    Step 1

    Contact the Center for International Education (CIE).

    1. Visit to begin your application. Follow the link to International Admissions.

    Step 2

    Apply to the Department of English.

    1. Use the Instructions and Form for International Applicants (Word 233k, PDF 206k)to complete the International student application.
    2. Ensure that you carefully follow the instructions on the above form for submitting materials to the Department of English.
    3. You can apply for a Teaching Assistantship on the Department of English admissions application (included on the Instructions for International Applicants Form above).

    Application Deadlines:

    Applications must be completed by December 15 to be considered for admission in the following fall semester. All plans accept applications for fall entry. Plan G (Professional Writing) has a second deadline on April 1 for MA applicants who are not seeking teaching assistantships or fellowships. See the Department of English application form for more information.

    Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Application Tips:

    • Complete and deliver your Graduate School and Department of English applications by the deadlines posted above. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are received by the deadline and that all materials are sent to the proper recipients. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
    • Complete your Graduate School application entirely online. It will save you time and it will facilitate processing.
    • Follow up on your Graduate School online application to ensure that it is complete and has been received by the Department of English.
    • Follow up with the Department of English to ensure that writing samples, letters of recommendation and Department application have been received.
    • If you are an International student, follow up with CIE and the Department of English to ensure that all materials submitted have been received.
    • Do not send materials requested by the Graduate School or CIE to the Department of English. Do not send materials requested by the Department of English to the Graduate School or to CIE.