M.A. in English Admission Requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements, the following requirements must be met:
- A graduate application, including personal statements, to be completed online at http://apply.arcadia.edu.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better. The undergraduate major should be in one of the traditional liberal arts or in a professional or pre-professional field and accompanied by strong undergraduate training in English.
- One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
- Two letters of recommendation. The letters must be of a professional not personal nature. If the student has been out of school five years or less, at least one letter must come from a professor.
- A personal interview with the program Coordinator.
- A writing sample, if deemed necessary by the program Coordinator.
- International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.
All application materials must be sent to the Office of Enrollment Management.
Rolling Admission: Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Students may start in the Fall, Spring or Summer semester.
- Tuition for 2013-14: $720/credit
- Deferred Payment: $40
- Audit: $720/course
- Full-time (9 or more credits): $60 per year
- Part-time (less than 9 credits): $30 per semester
- Evening Parking (attending class after 4 p.m.): No charge
Graduate students who have been accepted into a degree program and are enrolled for at least 6 credits per semester are eligible to apply for financial aid. Please visit www.arcadia.edu/financialaid for information regarding required forms and documents, most of which can be submitted online.
Graduate assistantships are available to all students registered for at least 9 credits per semester, or 6 credits throughout the summer session. Students may apply for assistantships upon acceptance and registration. Questions regarding graduate assistantships should be directed to the College of Graduate Studies at 215-572-2925. Click here for more information on financial aid.
Graduate students are eligible to borrow through the federal Stafford Loan and federal PLUS Loan programs. Arcadia University, in partnership with AES/PHEAA, offers the no-fee Arcadia University Preferred Stafford Loan Program, which provides students with benefits that include:
- Origination and guarantee fee waivers
- Interest rate reduction during repayment
- Superior administration and servicing
All financial aid paperwork not submitted online should be sent to the Office of Enrollment Management/Financial Aid. Please e-mail email@example.com or call 1-877-ARCADIA (1-877-272-2342) with additional questions.
Study Abroad Transfer Credit
In addition to policies regarding transfer credit, students may request transfer of a maximum of 9 credits of graduate study earned through the Arcadia University College of Global Studies (CGS), with prior written approval of their faculty adviser. Students who transferred credits taken prior to admission may transfer a total of 9 credits, including those taken through the CGS. For example:
- 0 entry-level transfer credits: Arcadia accepts 9 CGS credits.
- 3 entry-level transfer credits: Arcadia accepts 6 CGS credits.
- 6 entry-level transfer credits: Arcadia accepts 3 CGS credits.