Admission and Selection

Admission & Selection Details

The Master of Arts in English (MENG) program is intended for working adults who wish to develop their writing and critical thinking skills. The MENG program is designed to enhance effectiveness of verbal communication in a professional environment  where meetings, presentations, small-group communication, and discussion occurs.  Additionally, we have prepared students to continue their education by pursuing Ph.D.'s at: the University of Utah, University of Arkansas, University of Northern Illinois, LSU, University of South Florida, University of Louisiana @ Lafayette, Utah State, UNLV, Oklahoma Law School, and other programs.

Program Prerequisite

Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or be in the final stage of completing the undergraduate degree. The minimum required for admission is a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.  If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, admission consideration may be based on a GPA calculated based on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate work.  GPA of 3.25 preferred.

Grade Requirements

To earn an MA degree, candidates must complete all MENG program courses with a grade of "B-" or higher. In addition, the overall program GPA must be 3.0 or higher.  Failure to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, or 2 consecutive course sessions where a grade lower than B- has been earned, will result in academic probation in accordance with program policies. 

Credit Hour Requirements

The MA degree requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate work. Students pursuing the Literature Option generally have 12 credit hours of electives after meeting the Core Requirements.  Please see the catalog for a complete description of current requirements.  

Transfer Credits/ Residency Requirements 

Transfer credit must be approved by the program director and cannot exceed 11 credit hours.  Transfer classes must be at appropriate levels and fulfill the objectives of the MA degree at Weber State.  No courses for which credit was used to fulfill requirements of another degree may be used toward the MA degree at WSU.  Students must successfully complete a minimum of two-thirds of their requirements with Weber State University courses to meet graduate residency requirements.

Time to Degree Completion

MENG students have a maximum of six calendar years to complete their degree requirements, starting from the first semester during which the student has registered for and begun taking classes.  Students who exceed this requirement may submit a letter of appeal to the MENG Program Director to request that this requirement be waived.  Students who fail to enroll in MENG courses for three consecutive semesters (not including summers) must apply for readmission to the program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the program prerequisites specified above, the primary criteria in determining eligibility for admission to the MENG Program are: previous academic achievement, a strong writing sample, strong letters of recommendation, assessment of fit during the interview, and a clear and concise statement of purpose.

Applicants must submit a completed application form and current resume, as well as transcripts from every institution of higher education attended. Letters of recommendation from appropriate professional and/or academic references are also required. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis.  Any applicant who is admitted while other courses or programs are still in process of completion is admitted conditionally.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Students

All international students and any applicant educated outside the U.S. must demonstrate proficiency in English. Those whose native language is not English, or whose language of instruction for their undergraduate degree was not English, will be required to submit proof of English language competency.  This may consist of one of the following:
  •  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - applicants may have an official score report sent to the MENG Office which is not more than two years old and on which a minimum score of 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based), or 79-80 (internet-based) has been earned.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - applicants may have an official score report sent to the MENG Office which is not more than two years old and on which a minimum score of 6.5 has been earned.
  • 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.
International 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 course work evaluated by a Foreign Credentials Evaluation company. For a list of approved companies go to the following website:

  • Evaluations need to be done course-by-course. 

Please see the catalog for a complete rendering of current requirements.  The Application Procedures webpage has a detailed description of the application materials.