How to Apply

Join the Master of Arts in English program for advanced preparation in the study of literature, language, creative writing, and English education. 

For questions regarding the application process, contact us at

Online Application


January 30th
May 15th
September 30th

Application Checklist

Writing Sample Guidelines

Your writing sample should demonstrate your skill both as a writer and as a reader. The committee is looking for samples that show the student’s ability to analyze a work of literature and to shape those impressions into a coherent argument about the text. Your sample may include two shorter pieces, one medium-length piece, and/or an excerpt from a longer essay.

If you are worried about whether your sample is appropriate for the task, please email or call (801-626-7179) for help. Alternatively, if you don’t feel you currently have a sample that would work, we are happy to provide you with some writing prompts to get you started.

Applicants to the Creative Writing option should also include a short segment of their creative work.

International Applicants

1. Submit Materials Early

Submit all application materials at least 60 days prior to the deadline to allow for international admission review.

2. Complete Additional Paperwork

If you are an international applicant or have completed courses outside the U.S., you will need to complete additional paperwork to comply with university and United States INS regulations. For more information, contact the International Student Services Office at 801-626-6853, or visit the International Student and Scholar Center.

3. Be Competent in English

You must be able to comprehend and speak English fluently, as well as read and write English competently. Language competency may be confirmed by 1 of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Have your official score report sent to the program office. Tests must not be more than 2 years old and have a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79–80 (internet-based).
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Have your official score report sent to the program office. Tests must not be more than 2 years old and have a minimum score of 6.5.
  • Completion of a program for learning English as a second language at a regionally accredited, U.S. institution of higher learning, such as English as a Second Language (ESL), or the Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) program at Weber State University.

4.  Evaluated transcripts

To receive credit for your college work from any colleges or universities that you have attended outside of the United States, you will need to have your coursework evaluated by a foreign credentials evaluation company. Evaluations need to be done course-by-course.

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Notification of Admissions Decision

You will be notified by email about the decision the Admissions Committee has reached about your application. 

Each application is reviewed in depth by the Admissions Committee. Careful consideration is given to the overall balance of participants we seek for the program. If you have any questions about the application process, contact the administrative assistant at 801-626-7179 or