Application deadline for consideration of admission with an assistantship: February 15
The Department awards a limited number of teaching assistantships per year, and occasionally, faculty who have received grants or the like hire students as their graduate research assistants. These TAships and RAship are competitive. Normally, an assistantship brings with it a full tuition remission and a modest salary (salary determined on the qualification of the applicant, but usually starting at $2500 per semester). A complete application must be received by or before the deadline for consideration. In addition to Admission with Assistantship, the Department continues to accept applications through June. Applicants during this period are much more likely to be placed on our wait-list rather than immediately receiving an offer; however, strong applicants still have a chance of being admitted, although most likely without any funding. (Under unusual circumstances, the Department will accept students for Spring or Summer admission.)
The following items are required for M.A. Admissions Application and must be received by the deadline:
- Transcripts of undergraduate study.
- Writing sample (any excerpt that will showcase the applicant's communicative, analytical, and critical skills, preferably around 15 pages).
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Personal statement, explaining the applicant's interest in the program.
- GRE scores, although not required, is strongly recommended for M.A. Admissions.
Applications can be submitted online at through the Graduate School.
Fees for graduate coursework can be found here. Graduate students who begin their UMSL careers as out-of-state students do not automatically acquire in-state status after a year's residency. The rules regarding these matters are in force throughout the UM system. Click here for details of this policy. All students who are United States citizens are eligible for federal loans, either subsidized or unsubsidized.