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English and Comparative Literature

The University of Cincinnati, home of The Cincinnati Review, offers masters degrees with tracks in literature, creative writing, and professional writing and editing. All masters coursework is seminar or workshop style, and all classes are supervised by our most active researchers and publishing writers. The curriculum is enhanced by the annual Ropes Lecture series, speakers from the Taft Center for the Humanities, and a superlative array of visiting creative writers.

UC’s literature degree is a generalist program with courses ranging from Medieval British to Contemporary American. The curriculum introduces students to the ways theory frames literary issues, and presents a range of theory-based electives. The creative writing workshop environment is both rigorous and supportive, and students are encouraged to feel part of a community of writers. Our track in professional writing and editing emphasizes a theoretical foundation adaptable to many fields, and guides students to professional-level internships. Masters students have outstanding publication histories.

Departmental financial aid is available in the form of scholarships and assistantships. Students that are awarded graduate assistantships teach one course per term. They receive extensive theory and practice-based training in teaching composition, and additional pedagogical training and opportunities are available. Applicants interested in consideration for departmental financial aid must submit complete applications by January 15.


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2 years


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English and Comparative Literature
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


Jessica Vieson
Phone: 513-556-3906

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Admission Requirements

All applications are given careful and individual review. In some cases, students who do not meet the required GPAs and GRE scores may be admitted.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college. BA in English is preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.5
  • Minimum GRE scores:
    • Verbal: 600
    • Analytical: 5.0

Application Deadlines

Step One: Online Application

You will be required to submit the following materials as part of the Online Application:

  1. Letter of Intent: state academic goals and professional objectives
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Writing samples (combine all samples into one document):
    • Literature Track:
      • Critical writing sample - a literary analysis or research paper totaling 20 pages
    • Creative Writing Track:
      • Creative writing sample - a chapter of a novel, two short stories, pages of poetry, or an act of a play totaling 15 to 20 pages
      • Critical writing sample - a literary analysis or a research paper totaling 10-15 pages
    • Professional Writing and Editing Track:
      • Two substantial pieces of expository writing, 15 to 20 pages each (one of which is academic, if possible) or several shorter pieces (such as articles, reports, or instructions)

Step Two: Required Supplementary Materials

  1. Three letters of recommendation (no form required): Recommenders will submit letters through the Online Application system.
  2. Transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended should be submitted to the mailing address below.
  3. GRE General Test Scores: Must be reported directly from GRE to the University of Cincinnati.
  4. Proof of English Proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English.

Submit transcripts to:
Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.