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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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What graduate degrees are offered?

The English Department offers a number of different degrees and graduate certificates in Creative Writing, English Studies, TESOL, Technical Communication, and Teaching Writing. A full list can be found here:

Do you offer any online degrees?

We have three degrees offered fully online —our M.A. in Technical Communication, our Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication, our Graduate Certificate in TESOL, and our Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing. Creative Writing and Literature and English Studies degrees are not offered fully online.

How do I apply to a graduate program?

You will need to submit materials to both the Graduate College and the English Department. Please find application information on individual program pages.

Do I need to take the GRE?

No. None of our graduate programs require GRE scores for admission.

I am an international student. What is the minimum TOEFL score required for admission?

Students interested in applying to our TESOL, Technical Communication, Teaching Writing, or Creative Writing programs will need to have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (iBT 80).

The Literature and English Studies M.A. program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (iBT 100).

What are the admission Deadlines?

For the MFA program, February 1st is the deadline if you are also applying for a teaching or other graduate assistantship. April 15th is the MFA deadline for fall-term admission only.

There is no deadline if you are applying to the TESOL, English Studies, Technical Communication, or Teaching Writing programs. These programs accept applications year-round and admit students in spring, summer, and fall semesters.

International students, however, have a May 1st deadline for fall semester applications and October 1st for spring starts.  These deadlines are related to the time it takes to get VISA paperwork completed.

Are assistanships available?

Yes! Teaching and research assistantships are available for graduate students in all of our programs. We are typically able to offer assistanships to around 50 students each year.

Information about English Department assistantships can be found here:

Human Resources also advertises assistantship opportunities across campus here:

What are the tuition and fees rates?

The Graduate College lists tuition and fee rates here:  All graduate students are eligile for in-state tuition.

Is it possible to defer admission?

In most cases, yes. Please contact the English Department Graduate Director for more information.