Admissions and Support

Applicants are required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations), and are urged to do so well in advance of the April 1st application deadline to ensure timely receipt of your scores by our department. We require three letters of recommendation. These letters should specifically address your experience or expertise in working with literature. We also request a writing sample. Ideally this should reveal your ability to treat literary texts critically, and to write cogently and persuasively, although critical, argumentative, and scholarly papers from related fields are acceptable. Criteria for admission seek to balance test results, letters of recommendation, and your writing sample, though in many cases a strong writing sample will count most heavily.  For tuition information, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

For information regarding admission, contact:


 Robert Escalante, Composition Program Manager
(949) 824-9692
HIB 420
 Camille Laws, Composition Program Assistant
(949) 824-6717
HIB 346


Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students in the Summer M.A. in English Program in the form of student loans from commercial banks. Interested students should contact the Financial Aid Office as early as possible for information and necessary forms.

Financial Aid Office
102 Aldrich Hall
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2825

Kookie P. Vu
(949) 824-6266