Preferably, provide a paper written for a class. The writing sample should exemplify your best work.
The writing sample can be a revised class paper or a section from an undergraduate or master’s thesis. It should reflect your ability to write well, analyze, and engage with scholarly debates and research.
If you do not have a sample of academic work, write a new paper on a subject related to the previous or proposed field of study.
MA Creative Writing applicants should submit a creative writing sample in either fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or some combination of genres (8-15 pp double-spaced; poetry can be single-spaced, of course).
Page Length Requirements
All master’s programs: 8–15 pp double-spaced for all MA applicants
- English PhD in Literature: 10-20 pp double-spaced
- Rhetoric and Composition and Applied Linguistics: 15-25 pp double-spaced