Application Requirements

Application Deadlines Fall Spring Summer
Priority May 15 November 1 March 1
Standard August 1 December 1 April 1

Late applications are accepted as space allows.

Application Requirements

  • Application for admission with a $45 graduate application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or the evaluated equivalency
  • Official sealed transcripts showing completion of a bachelor's degree. Additional transcripts may be required to verify prerequisites or GPA.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for unconditional admission and 2.75 for conditional admission. Applicants with a low GPA may be considered for admission.
  • Three recommendations from sources who can address the applicant's potential for success. Family and friends may not complete recommendations.
  • Writing competence demonstrated by a major research paper or literary analysis
  • Prerequisites: Minimum of 18 semester units of study in English beyond the level of freshman composition.
  • Comprehensive essay that includes:
    Reasons for pursuing graduate study in English
    Long-term professional goals
    Reasons for choosing to study at CBU
  • Successful interview with the director of the Graduate Program in English
  • An applicant whose first language is not English and/or does not have a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction is required to demonstrate English language proficiency.