November 1, 2020 for Spring 2021 Admission (*No GRE requirement)
January 15, 2021 Priority Deadline for Fall 2021 Admission (*No GRE Requirement)
April 1, 2021 Non-Priority Deadline for Fall 2021 Admission (*No GRE requirement)
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Our application requirements are also detailed in the graduate catalog program entry, midway down the page.
Applicants must apply online.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to the English MA program must provide:
- An Official Transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Two Letters of Recommendation (preferably from current or former teachers). The letters should testify to your ability to complete a graduate program. It is helpful if the recommender has an advanced degree, and we prefer at least one of the letters be from a professor who knows your work from undergraduate. However, any source able to describe your work ethic, writing ability, and maturity will be helpful.
- A Statement of Background and Goals of 600-1000 words.
The goal statement should provide a narrative of your progress and how a Master’s degree in Technical Communication fits into this trajectory. In other words, tell us where you have been, where you are, and where you wish to go. It is also very important that you demonstrate some knowledge of what Technical Communication is; the most common reason for otherwise solid applications to be turned down is the lack of knowledge of what Technical Communication is and how it fits into your plans.
To begin writing your goal statement, review the MA in Technical Communication on the Department of English’s web site. You might look at the kinds of courses that are offered in the MA program or what the members of the faculty have specialized in. What interests you in the program? How will it help you in your career?
You don’t have to know everything about every course or faculty member. You do not have to have a deep understanding of every industry, non-profit, government, educational, medical, or scientific organization that you see yourself working in some day. A letter of application or personal goal statement is a document that lets the admissions committee know that you have some sense of what the program is about and that you have thought about this before applying. You can reach out to UCF faculty who teach in the program to see what they think.
- Résumé or CV if applying for an assistantship by the Priority deadline.
- A Writing Sample of approximately ten pages needs to accomplish two tasks. First, it functions as a sample of your ability to communicate well in prose. Second, it should demonstrate a capacity to think logically and to translate this thought into well-organized language. In many cases, the writing sample will have originally been created for an undergraduate class, but this is not a requirement. The writing sample can also be a professional document that you wrote by yourself.
Your application and materials must be submitted through the UCF College of Graduate Studies online admission system.
Effective for applications for Spring 2021 and forward, we have no GRE requirement.
You must meet the minimum UCF admission criteria, but this does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of your abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to your career/academic goals, and your potential for completing the degree.
We welcome applications from students with undergraduate degrees in areas other than English.
The UCF Graduate School limits the number of admitted students in any graduate program with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0.