Department of English

M.A./M.S.I.S in English

Application Instructions

For complete application instructions, interested students should visit the School of Information’s website. Note: when submitting an application through ApplyTexas, applicants must choose the major listed under Dual Degree entitled "Information Studies / English (Dual Degree)". Applying separately to each program will significantly delay the processing of your application.

Application instructions for the Graduate School can be found here.

Applicants must meet all minimum requirements of the UT Austin Graduate School including:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • A 3.0 or higher GPA in upper-division coursework
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score(s), if applicable.

The English Department requires the following application materials in addition to those required by the Graduate School and iSchool:

  • Cover sheet indicating interest in the dual-degree program,
  • Statement of purpose
  • Scholarly writing sample (15-25 pages)
  • 3 letters of recommendation

There are no undergraduate major requirements, but applicants should have 15 hours of upper-division English coursework.

Applications are due February 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST for admission beginning in Fall 2020. Applications will be reviewed by the admissions committees for both the English Department and iSchool. Applications that are accepted by both programs will then be forwarded to the Graduate Adviser, the Dual Program Coordinator at the iSchool, and an iSchool faculty member for review.

Applicants can expect to receive an admissions decision by late March.


Current students in the Department of English Ph.D. program may apply to transfer to the dual degree program. Interested students should contact the Graduate Adviser in English, Linda Ferreira-Buckley. Current iSchool students interested in applying to transfer should contact Tanya Clement.

Alternatively students currently in the dual degree program who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in English will be required to apply to the English Ph.D. program individually. For more information see How to Apply.


NB: Students admitted to the dual degree M.A./M.S.I.S. program will be considered for support by the School of Information and/or the Department of English on a case-by-case basis.