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Graduate Application

To be considered for Fall admission and financial aid for graduate study in the Department of English at TCU, you will need to submit a complete application by Jan. 10.

Materials needed to complete your application include the following:

  1. Application form with application fee

    The $60 application fee will be due through electronic payment at the time the application is submitted. McNair Scholars applying to the graduate program are exempted from paying the application fee.

  2. Official transcripts

    TCU requires two copies of official university/college sent directly to TCU’s English department from the originating university. The copies must bear the official seal of the institution and the registrar’s signature.

    Order two complete official, sealed transcripts mailed from the Registrar’s Office of each institution attended since high school directly to the English department:

    Department of English
    Attn: Director of Graduate Studies
    TCU Box 297270
    Fort Worth, TX 76129

    Students who file applications prior to the completion of a degree program should submit current transcripts with their application, but they will need to submit final transcripts that show all coursework and the degree award as soon as they finish their program.

  3. Official GRE General Test scores (have ETS send directly to TCU)

    We require scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test. We do not require the GRE Subject Test in English. For information about the GRE, go to

    Please arrange to have your official scores sent directly by ETS to Graduate Studies at TCU (use school code 6820). If you are concerned that your official test scores may not reach us by Jan. 10, send us a photocopy of your student score report, which will be used until the official report arrives.

    The Department of English Admissions Committee places the greatest emphasis on Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing scores. GRE scores are handled in accordance with the ETS’s regulations for fairness and accuracy. Scores must be sent directly from the testing board and must be less than five years old.

    The GRE will not be used as the sole determining factor in admission or the awarding of funding.

  4. Statement of purpose

    The statement of purpose is a critical part of your application because it describes your academic and career goals. This 500-1,000 word statement should tell us about your academic background, your training for graduate work in English studies, which areas of study you wish to pursue and why. It should also clearly indicate how you see the TCU English program fitting into your intellectual interests and professional goals.

  5. A CV (or resume)


  6. Writing sample

    Doctoral applicants should send a critical or scholarly writing sample of 15-25 pages. Master’s applicants may substitute two shorter pieces for the single 15-25-page paper, if needed. Select a writing sample that best demonstrates your critical and analytical skills, research methods and preparation for graduate study. Ideally, the scholarly writing sample would demonstrate your familiarity with the field you intend to pursue, although this is not required. Your submission should not include creative writing unless it is presented (e.g., for illustrative purposes) within a larger piece of writing that demonstrates your research agenda and skills.

  7. Three letters of recommendation

    Your letters should be directly relevant to graduate study in English. Generally, letters come from people who have most recently taught you in English and related humanities fields. Students entering with previous graduate or teaching experience may also include a “teaching letter” from a current department chair, writing laboratory supervisor, headmaster/principal or writing program administrator.

    Applicants who have been out of school for some time may include one letter from their work supervisor.

    Please keep in mind that recommendations should comment on skills and aptitudes relevant to advanced scholarly work and should not be structured primarily as a character reference.

  8. Official TOEFL scores

    International students must submit official TOEFL scores. Please have TOEFL send those scores directly to Texas Christian University, Graduate School.

To learn more about language requirements, examinations, dissertations and advising, see the graduate catalog.