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Application Requirements | Residency Requirements

Graduate Students

  • Applications to the Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication program are considered for Fall admission only and must be submitted by February 1.
  • Applications to the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program are considered for Fall admission only and must be submitted by January 15.
  • Applicants to the M.A. program emphases in Literature, Rhetoric and Professional Communication, and English Studies for Teachers should submit their applications by February 1 for Fall admission and October 1 for Spring admission. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the deadline to apply for Spring 2021 admission to the M.A. emphases in both Literature and Rhetoric and Professional Communication has been extended to November 1.
  • Applicants for the MA program emphasis in Creative Writing are considered only for fall admission and should submit their applications by February 1.

No applications will be considered during the summer terms. Applications for Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are considered for the Fall admissions cycle only and must be submitted by the dates listed above as part of the application for admittance to a program. Applicants to the following programs are eligible to apply for a GA: PhD, MFA, MA emphases in Literature and Rhetoric and Professional Communication.

Click here for the Graduate School’s instructions on how to apply. Click the “Apply to Graduate School” button on the upper right-hand side of that page to access the SLATE application software portal, a combined online application to admission for the NMSU Graduate School and the Department of English. For a direct link to the SLATE application software portal click here.

International graduate student applicants should consult the additional information available here

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students should click here for information about applying to NMSU.


Questions about Applying

For program-specific instructions about how to apply, see

The Graduate School has adopted a new application software portal. English Department faculty and staff do not have access to the application software portal. So if you have questions about procedures for applying, if you need forms, or if you need to know the status of your application file, direct your questions to: (or by phone at (575)-646-5746). If they do not respond after 1 business day, inform the department’s Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Brian Rourke, at (or by phone at (575) 646-2239). He will follow up with the Graduate School until your issues are resolved.