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Graduate Program

Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Does the Department of English at Tufts offer an MFA in Creative Writing?
Currently there is no MFA program in creative writing. Our program has a focus on the study and teaching of English literature, American literature, and Anglophone World literatures.

Q: Does Tufts offer a Master's Degree in English?
While it is possible for those who enter with a BA and successfully complete their first year in the program to receive an MA, students entering the program expect to complete Ph.D. work. There is no terminal Masters program.

Q: Does the graduate program allow for a creative dissertation for students who want the Ph.D. training but would like to teach both literature and creative writing?
All our students' dissertations are creative, but they are creative in terms of their scholarly and critical analysis and interpretation.

Q: Is there funding available for admitted students? Who receives funding?
All accepted and matriculated English graduate students are offered a full-tuition University scholarship while in coursework. The English Department also offers candidates fellowships to assist with living expenses during the first year. After the first year, teaching assistantship stipends are offered to students with MAs in English for teaching a course in undergraduate writing or literature.

Q: I would like to visit the University; may I sit in on classes?
Once you have been accepted into the program we encourage you to come and spend a few hours attending classes and meeting current graduate students. Because of the large number of applicants, we cannot accommodate prospective students in graduate classes.

Q: Do you accept applications after January 15th?
We do not have rolling admissions. Applications are considered only for fall matriculation.

Q: Where should I send my application, recommendations, GRE score, etc.?
All application materials should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Through Graduate Admissions, students can verify receipt of admissions materials, as well as get answers to questions related to the admissions process. They can be reached at 617-627-3395 or gradadmissions@tufts.edu

Q: What is weighed most heavily in the admission requirements--i.e., GRE scores, writing sample, recommendations?
All application materials are given equal weight. All submitted (and missing) materials are taken into consideration when a decision is made.

Q: Can I apply without Subject scores? I am scheduled to take the GRE Subject test, but my scores will not be reported until after the Tufts application is due.
The GRE Subject test is required for all applications to the English Ph.D. program. Applications missing materials will be held in the Graduate Admissions office as "incomplete", and might not be sent to the English Department for review.

Q: What are the minimum GRE scores necessary for admission?
There is no baseline score. The average scores for students admitted in fall 2009 were V-675, Q-620, A-5.5, Subject-600.

Q: How long should the writing sample be?
There is no set length. Most submissions are between 5-15 pages in length.

Q: What are my chances of getting into the program?
The number of applicants varies from year to year. Recently we have seen 120 applications on average. No more than 10 students are admitted each fall.

Q: If I have received an MA from another university am I still eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program at Tufts?
Yes. Applicants with MAs are considered alongside applicants with BAs.

Q: May I speak with the Graduate Director?
You are welcome to contact the Director of Graduate Studies directly, but because of the large number of applicants, we encourage conversations between the graduate director and prospective student after the final decision is made on his or her application.

Q: When will I hear about the status of my application?
Most applicants will be informed of their admissions status by mid to late March. Accepted students will be contacted immediately by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Other questions?
Please contact us at gradenglish@tufts.edu