Submitting Your Application


  1. Complete the ApplyTexas application. Detailed instructions for submitting your application can be found here.
  2. Pay the application fee. (Please note: applicants who apply to both the New Writers Project and the Michener Center for Writers do not need to pay the application fee twice. When submitting their second application, applicants should select the option that says “I will pay The University of Texas at Austin directly, outside of ApplyTexas.” Once the second application has processed, the graduate school will automatically waive the application fee. Application fee waivers for eligible applicants may be available. Here for more information.)
  3. After you submit your application and pay the fee, you will receive an email that include instructions on how to access MyStatus, including your UT EID and temporary password. During peak periods, it can take 2–3 days to receive your EID.
  4. Using your EID and temporary password, log into MyStatus and upload the required supporting materials (i.e. writing sample, personal statement, transcripts).Your application is not complete until you have uploaded your supporting materials. You will track your application progress, and accept and decline admissions, through MyStatus.

Due to the high number of applications, the English Office cannot confirm the receipt of individual items. Applicants should check MyStatus to see admissions decisions and to confirm that all application materials are successfully uploaded. Admissions decisions are usually made no later than March 15.

As many as two days can pass between your submission of the ApplyTexas application and your receipt of the email with your EID and password to log into the Application Status Check. Please be patient and plan to submit your application with this process in mind. If you do not receive the email with your EID and temporary password after five business days, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions.

If at any point you are having difficulties with the application or with uploading materials, please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Blake Lee Pate, at



Applications for Fall 2021 admission are due December 1st, 11:59pm CST, 2020. Please plan on having all application materials uploaded by this deadline. If necessary, we will allow a short grace period for transcipts and letters, but please ensure that you have submitted you ApplyTexas application (and paid the fee) by 12/1/2020.


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    Department of English
    204 W 21st Street B5000
    Austin, Texas, 78712-1164
    (512) 471-4991