College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Applying to the Program

Please click through the FAQ below to learn more about the application process. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the graduate coordinator (listed to the right).

1. Who can apply?

The English M.A. program at CPP has a long track record of helping teachers strengthen their skillsets and earning potential, advancing English B.A. graduates into Ph.D. programs, training a new generation of international teachers (both abroad and domestically), and allowing students from outside the field to transition their career path into the discipline. As such, the program welcomes all applicants regardless of previous field of study or work.

To make sure students are prepared for the rigor of graduate work in English, students may be admitted "conditionally." Students with a B.A. in English, but a major GPA below 3.0, or those who do not have an undergraduate degree in their prospective field—Literature, Rhetoric & Composition, TESL—may take prerequisite coursework to prepare them.


Prerequisites are only for conditionally-admitted students, and are determined on an individual basis depending on prior experience. The following chart lists those courses typically expected of incoming graduate students:


Rhetoric & Composition


B.A. in English

B.A. in Rhetoric/English

B.A. in Linguistics/English




ENG 300-level literature course

ENG 350: Literary Theory

ENG 400-level literature course 

Or equivalents

ENG 313: Language, Literacy, & Cultural Practices

ENG 355: Intro to Rhetorical Theory

Or equivalents

ENG 320: Structure of Language

ENG 321: Grammar

ENG 323: Language Acquisition

Or equivalents

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2. What do I need to do before I apply?

Students are required to submit a statement of purpose and official transcripts from all of their previously-attended institutions of higher education. Students are also invited to submit letters of recommendation or a writing sample if they feel it would strengthen their application. The M.A. program does not require GRE scores. Please submit these documents to the MA administrative assistant here, or to the following address:

Cal Poly Pomona University
English and Foreign Languages / Graduate Coordinator
3801 W Temple Ave.
Pomona CA 91767

Most incoming students have a GPA around 3.0 (either in the English major or overall), though students may demonstrate their skills and potential in a number of ways (through a strongly-written statement of purpose, etc.).

For international applicants, the admitting TOEFL score is usually 100.

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3. When should I apply?

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and students may begin their study in Fall, Winter, or Spring. The deadlines for admission into each of these quarters can be found on the Admissions Deadline page.

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4. How do I apply?

Applicants submit their materials through a program known as Cal State Apply. For information about the application process, see the Graduate Admissions webpage. 

You might also take this opportunity to read the CSU Graduate Handbook.

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5. How long before I hear from the program about my admissions decision?

Times may vary depending, but if you haven't been contacted within one month of your application, review the status of your application online to make sure that all of your materials—and in particular, your transcripts—have been received and that your application is complete. If there seems to be an error, contact the Graduate Coordinator.

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6. What do I do after I've been admitted?

Congratulations and welcome to the Cal Poly Pomona community. The first contact you will receive are two letters acknowledging your acceptance, one from the Cal Poly Pomona Graduate Studies office, and another from the English and Foreign Languages Department. Once you have these letters, follow the steps below.

  1. First, verify that you can access “BroncoDirect,” your portal to your CPP career. Go to BroncoDirect and use the “BroncoID Number” printed on the admissions letter sent from the Graduate Admissions Office.
    • When you log in, you may not see enrollment information for the upcoming term. Depending on when you sign in, that information may not be available. To verify your enrollment status, contact the Registrar’s Office at (909) 869-3000. [If you have difficulty logging in, contact I&IT at (909) 869-6776.]
  2. Next, contact the Graduate Coordinator who will help you plan your graduate trajectory. The Coordinator will provide you with essential information to complete your degree in a timely fashion.

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