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Admission to the MA in Writing

To be admitted to the MA in Writing program, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution and meet or exceed the following criteria:

  1. A completed application for graduate study at the University and an official transcript from each school or college previously attended.
  2. At least two letters of recommendation.
  3. An “acceptable” rating awarded by the graduate committee to a 20-page writing sample.

In addition, applicants must have one of the following two credentials:

  1. A 3.3 GPA in 18 hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework in English or a related discipline.
  2. A 153 in the verbal reasoning portion of the GRE or a 4.0 in the Analytical Writing Test. Applicants who choose to have GRE scores considered with their applications are responsible for making sure official GRE scores are sent to the Office of Graduate Studies at Coastal Carolina University. Test scores must be no older than 5 years at time of application.

The final deadline for admission to the program for the Fall semester is May 15. The final deadline for Spring semester is November 15.

All applications must first be processed by the Office of Graduate Studies before they can be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee in the English Department. Applications should be completed online and then printed, signed, and delivered to the Office of Graduate Studies with a $45 nonrefundable fee. In addition to a completed application, applicants must also submit a 20-page writing sample, transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, and two letters of recommendation (to be mailed separately by recommenders).


Click here for an application and complete instructions.

Click here for information about Graduate Assistantships.


Additional questions should be directed to:

Joe Oestreich
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Study
Department of English
E-mail: joeo@coastal.edu 
Ph: 843-349-2433