English – Graduate General Information

Program Objectives

The graduate program in English is designed

  • to prepare students for advanced programs of study in English and related
  • to prepare well-qualified teachers of English for secondary schools and junior colleges,
  • to provide an in-service program for teachers of English who serve in secondary schools and junior colleges,
  • to prepare students for careers in mass media, and
  • to prepare for classroom diversity in sociolinguistics of languages.


Graduate Handbook (English)



Preparing for the Graduate Area Comprehensive Exam in English




Admission is granted jointly by the Division of Graduate Studies and the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Speech Communication. All of the information contained in the list below must be submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies on or before the application deadline.

Once all of the required information is received by the Division of Graduates Studies, an admission packet will be sent electronically to the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Speech Communication, which will forward an admission decision to the Division of Graduate Studies.

Application Deadlines

            Semester                    Deadline

            Fall                              March 1

            Summer                      March 15

            Spring                         October 15

Admission Criteria

The Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Speech Communication has in place the following criteria for admission to the master’s program in English.

Admission Requirements

  • An application for admission to Graduate School, which is available online on the Division of Graduate Studies website under Graduate Admissions: http://www.jsums.edu/graduateschool/prospective-students-home/.  
  • Official Transcripts: All applicants must submit an official transcript from all regionally accredited colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts can be sent electronically using escript, Parchment or another approved electronic service to gradtranscript@jsums.edu, or by mail to:

The Division of Graduate Studies

Jackson State University

P.O. Box 17095

Jackson, MS  39217

  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation should be uploaded directly to the online admissions portal.
  • Writing Sample: Students must submit via email to the department chair or graduate coordinator an electronic copy of an undergraduate research paper.
  • A 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 Scale) at the undergraduate level or a masters' degree is required.
  • Students with International transcripts: Please visit the International Admissions web page for additional information regarding transcripts.  
  • Out-of-state and International applicants must submit a $25.00 application fee. Applications will not be processed without payment of the application fee. Payment is made by using a credit/debit card at the time of application.  Application payments are processed as part of the application.
  • International applicants must submit satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores to the Division of Graduate Studies. Click International Graduate Student for more information.
  • International applicants must also file a Certified Declaration of Financial Support with the university. Please consult our International Programs Office for additional information.
    Click for: Form I-134, Affidavit of Support (pdf).
  • All applicants must submit immunization records showing proof of immunization compliance for measles and rubella, unless born prior to 1957, to:  JSU, Health Services, P.O. Box 17097, Jackson, MS  39217.  Telephone:  (601) 979-2260. Click here for additional information.