Application & Admission

Application Process

Annual receipt deadline of all application materials is March 1.

All applicants must complete an online application form for admission to the WSU Graduate School, and send transcripts from all undergraduate institutions, a statement of purpose, a writing sample and three letters of recommendation. If you are interested in a Graduate Assistantship, please fill out the Graduate Assistantship Application and return it with your other application materials.

Supporting application materials may be submitted to the Director of School of Graduate Studies in English, Elizabeth Zold, at Application materials can also be submitted via mail to:

School of Graduate Studies in English
English Department
175 W. Mark St., Minne Hall
Winona State University
Winona, MN 55987

Admission Process

After the March 1 deadline, all applications are processed by the Office of School of Graduate Studies to determine eligibility for admission to the WSU Graduate School.  As part of the process, the English Department School of Graduate Studies Committee evaluates all candidates and endorses the admission of selected applicants to the Graduate School (formal admission to the English Graduate Program is filed after at least six graduate course credits are completed and the student files an Admission to Candidacy form).  

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree completed by the time of graduate enrollment, and the undergraduate degree should correlate to the course of study that the applicant wishes to pursue at the graduate level. In some cases, students accepted into the English Graduate Program may be required to take equivalency courses in certain subjects not covered by their undergraduate coursework. Admission to the graduate program is based on strong application materials, as well as a minimum 3.00 GPA overall, figured on a basis of 4.0, and a minimum 3.25 GPA in undergraduate English courses.

International student transcripts must be provided in English and reflect strong academic performance. Admission criterion for international students is a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test) / 250 (computer-based test) or equivalent on the internet-based test.