Department of English

Applying to the M.S.I.S./M.A. in Information Studies and English Program

Fall 2021 Admissions

Contents

Overview
Important Deadlines
Eligibility Requirements
How to Apply
Required Application Materials
Current UT Graduate Students

Overview

The M.S.I.S./M.A. in Information Studies and English program only admits students for the fall semester.

The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) processes all U.S. and International applications for admission into the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin. The application process for graduate admissions into UT Austin is now completely online. Mailed, faxed, emailed, or hand-delivered applications and materials sent to GIAC or to the English Department will not be accepted nor considered. We are unable to return original documents sent to the department.

If, after beginning the application process, you have specific questions about the following topics, please email one of the addresses below (GIAC asks that you not send the same email to multiple addresses):

       Transcripts: gradtranscript@austin.utexas.edu (Please do not send transcripts to this address)
       Uploading Documents: gradupload@austin.utexas.edu
       Test Scores: giatest@austin.utexas.edu
       Letters of Recommendation: gradref@austin.utexas.edu
       Residency: residency@austin.utexas.edu
       General Inquiry for International Applicants: intladm@austin.utexas.edu
       General Inquiry for U.S. Applicants: gradus@austin.utexas.edu

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.

Important Deadlines

February 1, 2021 
11:59 pm CST
1. Completed online ApplyTexas Application form. Application forms
submitted after the deadline will not be considered. There are no
exceptions.
2. Writing Sample uploaded.
3. Statement of Purpose uploaded.
4. Official Transcripts uploaded.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Bachelor's Degree
Earned from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution.

GPA
3.0 minimum GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on all upper-division and graduate coursework (if applicable). Additionally, although there are no undergraduate major requirements, applicants should have 15 hours of upper-division English coursework.

TOEFL/IELTS (International Applicants only)
Minimum scores considered acceptable for Graduate School admission are:
TOEFL:
70 on the internet-based test (iBT)
IELTS:
An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination

How to Apply

For complete application instructions, interested students should visit the School of Information’s website.

To begin the application process, you must access the Texas Common Application at www.applytexas.org. The application system is scheduled to open for access for Fall 2021 applications on August 1, 2020. Within 1-2 business days after submitting your application and paying the application fee, you will receive an email from GIAC with your UT EID, a temporary password, and a link to GIAC’s Admissions Status Check System, MyStatus. From this site you will be able to upload your required application materials: a PDF copy of your official transcripts, writing sample, and statement of purpose.

Please be mindful, it can take up to 2 business days (not including weekends) to receive your MyStatus credentials. If you do not receive the email with your EID and temporary password after two business days, please contact GIAC.

Please note: Due to this delay, we strongly recommend that you submit your online application no later than one week before the deadline to allow enough time to receive your credentials and upload your application materials.

Required Application Materials

All applications require the following:

Required by the Graduate School

(Please note: This section is a general summary of the Graduate School’s admissions requirements. For full explanations on each of the following topics, please visit Graduate School’s Graduate Admission website.)

1. ApplyTexas Application Form
The online application can be found at www.applytexas.org. You will be asked to select your major. You must choose the major listed under Dual Degree entitled "Information Studies / English (Dual Degree)". Do not apply separately to each program. Applying separately to each program will significantly delay the processing of your application.

2. Application Fee
$65 Application Fee ($90 for international applicants). You will not be able to upload any documents to your MyStatus profile until your fee is paid.

3. Transcripts
You will need to upload PDF copies of your official transcripts from each senior college that you have attended via your MyStatus profile. Transcripts must have been produced within the last calendar year. Please carefully read and follow the Instructions for Uploading Transcripts.

International Applicants: Transcripts written in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official translation.

4. TOEFL or IELTS Scores (International Applicants only)
Two years old or less. Scores must be reported to GIAC directly from the testing agency. Please note: IELTS does not currently offer electronic reporting of scores. To fulfill the requirement with scores from the IELTS, have an official paper score report sent to GIAC.

TOEFL UT-Austin Institution Code: 6882

Required by the Department of English and the School of Information

5. Writing Sample
Your Writing Sample should be between 15 and 25 pages double spaced. This document should demonstrate your readiness and aptitude for graduate study, in particular your ability to recognize and to effectively state research-worthy problems. A compelling writing sample typically—although not always—establishes an applicant’s anticipated graduate project. Other considerations include the clarity and economy of your prose.

6. Statement of Purpose
Your Statement of Purpose should be 1 to 2 pages single spaced. The purpose of this essay is to give the faculty a clear idea of a) why you want to pursue a career in this field; b) what topics in the field of Information Studies and English interest you; c) how you have prepared yourself for graduate study in English; and d) why you want to pursue your graduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin.

7. Letters of Recommendation
We require three letters of recommendation, which should informatively address your academic achievement and potential for graduate study. During the online application process, you will need to provide the names and email addresses of your “Academic References,” individuals from whom you will be seeking a letter of recommendation. Within 24 hours of your online application submission, your recommenders will receive an email with instructions and a secure link to upload their letters of recommendation directly to your application file. Please ensure that the email addresses are current and accurate. Letters and materials sent through folio services (such as Interfolio) will not be accepted.

8. Resume/CV

Current UT Graduate Students (Change of Major)

For change-of-major applicants (applicants already admitted to the UT Austin Graduate School) ONLY: Please follow the instructions here, and send all supporting documents to the graduate program administrator. The application deadline and supporting document requirements still apply.

A student currently enrollment in the English degree program may be considered for a change-of-major application to the Dual Degree program at any time in their academic programs. Students in Information Studies will be considered if they apply during their first year of the program. The decision to accept a Dual Degree change-of-major applicant will be jointly made by each school's admission committee. Interested students should contact the M.S.I.S./M.A. in English Graduate Advisor, 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.

Support

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