A major in English or a 6-course concentration is required before consideration for admission.
If you have a minimum 2.75 overall undergraduate gpa, and a 3.0 in English, apply for Regular status. In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate College submit an eight- to ten-page essay to the Director of Graduate Studies in English.
If you don't have a minimum 2.75:
Students interested in the concentration in Creative Writing may be considered for admission simultaneously with regular admission--submit a 20- to 30-page portfolio to the Coordinator of Creative Writing, Dr. Neal Chandler. Students wishing to do a creative writing thesis must be admitted to the Creative Writing track before beginning the thesis. Admission to the Creative Writing track also permits the substitution of a twentieth-century literature course for one of the 695 seminars. The Coordinator of Creative Writing grants admission to this track in a separate letter to the student.
The deadline for applying for Financial Assistance for teaching assistantships and tuition waivers (write or call the Director of Graduate Studies) is February 1.
Students should see a graduate advisor for advising each semester. The advisor will review the student's progress and plans, and will sign a registration form for the student if necessary.
Each spring, before registration, a brief description of courses for summer and the following year will be posted on the graduate director's door; copies will also be available from the advisors and secretarial staff.
Final deposit copies (at least three) are due at the end of exam week of the semester of the student's graduation. The Cleveland State University Library keeps two of the copies; the department keeps the third copy. Additional personal copies may be requested as well. At the time of deposit, the student must pay a $9.00 bindery fee for each personal copy. There is no bindery charge for the library or the department copies.