Application requirements | Residency Requirements


Graduate Students
  • Applications to the PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication program are considered for Fall admission only and must be submitted by February 1.
  • Applications to the MFA in Creative Writing program are considered for Fall admission only and must be submitted by February 1.
  • Applicants to the MA 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. Applicants for the MA Degree in English: Emphasis in Creative Writing should complete their applications by February 1 for Fall admission or October 1 for Spring admission.

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.


For a direct link to the SLATE application software portal -- a combined onine application to admission for the NMSU Graduate School and the Department of English -- 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. Undergraduate students do not need to apply to the English Major. You can declare English as your major in Banner through the MyNMSU portal click here

Questions about Applying

If you have any questions about applying or the status of your application, please contact the Graduate Secretary, Ruth Gracia, at or by phone at 575-646-6170.

If you are experiencing problems with the application software, SLATE, please report them to the Graduate School at (or by phone at 575-646-5746). If your issue is not resolved. 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.