Applicants for admission to a graduate degree at Trinity College must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Successful applicants will demonstrate evidence of academic purpose and promise​​​, including readiness for graduate-level courses.

Application Materials:

  • ​Completed online application;
  • Application fee of $75;
  • Official transcripts from any post-secondary institution attended;
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation, addressing an applicant’s academic ability and/or promise; and
  • Statement of academic purpose, describing goals in pursuing this particular degree (750-word maximum).

​Official transcripts and letters of recommendation should be sent electronically to

Additional Considerations:

  • Transferring Credit.  Applicants who wish to transfer credit for up to two graduate courses taken elsewhere must indicate this on the application.
  • Master of Arts in English.  Applicants to this degree program must also include a 5-10 page writing sample. The essay can be uploaded to the online application.
  • Proficiency in English.  Applicants who did not earn their Bachelor’s degree from an English-language institution should submit relevant test scores demonstrating proficiency in English (for example, TOEFL iBT of 100 or better or IELTS of 7.0 or better).


Applications can be submitted on a rolling basis, but they are reviewed three times per year, according to the following schedule:

Degree Start Date​ Fall​​ Spring​ Summer​
Application Deadline​ ​July 15 ​December 1 ​April 15

Applicants receive a response within one month of the deadline and are expected to register for courses in the upcoming term.

Non-Degree Applicants

If you would like to enroll as a non-degree applicant, you must complete the online application and provide transcripts from any post-secondary institution attended before registering for any courses. Transcripts may be emailed to  Once accepted, non-degree applicants are permitted to enroll in a total of two courses.  Non-degree applicants who decide to apply for full admission must follow the regular admissions process described above.  ​​Graduate courses previously taken for credit as a non-degree student at Trinity may​ count ​​​towards the M.A. degree.​