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Admission to the MAE Program

Applications for admission must be completed online. Please submit all materials to the Office of Graduate Education, AC 302, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099 or graduate@nku.edu. For maximum consideration, submit all materials by the priority deadline of July 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. If space permits, applications from qualified candidates may be considered after those dates.Any questions? Email the Director of Graduate Studies Kelly Moffett at moffettk1@nku.edu

Regular Admission

To be considered for regular admission to the Master of Arts in English program, applicants will need to complete and submit the following:

  1. An application for graduate admission to Northern Kentucky University.
  2. An official transcript indicating a bachelor’s degree in English or a related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in major or cognate area coursework.
  3. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work.    
  4. Two letters of reference created using NKU's Graduate Education Recommendation Form
  5. 500-750 word Statement of Purpose explaining why you are interested in pursuing an M.A. in English at NKU emailed to graduate@nku.edu.

Other Admission Status

Applicants not meeting all criteria for regular admission to the MAE may be admitted conditionally or as a non-degree graduate student if substantial evidence suggests the candidate can succeed in the program.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR A GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

We offer we four certificate options for graduate study in Composition and Rhetoric, Creative Writing, Literary and Cultural Studies, and Professional Writing. These degrees can be sought on their own or in addition to the MAE degree. 

Applications to the certificate programs require the following:

  1. An application for graduate admission to Northern Kentucky University. 
  2. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work sent to graduate@nku.edu.
  3. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  4. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. A grade of B or higher on all graduate work that may apply to the certificate. 

At the discretion of the graduate program director, a writing sample may be required for evaluation and undergraduate courses recommended for applicants who did not focus on creative writing at the undergraduate level.

Please note that if you are a graduating MAE student and you realize you qualify to graduate with a certificate, you will need to re-apply to the graduate program as a certificate-seeking student. Once you have been processed and accepted, you will also need to apply to graduate with this certificate on MyNKU in addition to your application to graduate with your MAE degree. 

Any questions?  Email the Director of Graduate Studies Kelly Moffett moffettk1@nku.edu