Graduate Admissions

Applying for admission to the M.A. Program in American Studies is an on-line process which includes payment of UW’s application fee. Click here to visit the Office of Admissions' application site.

Application materials for our Program review and admission decisions are uploaded in the on-line application process. There is no need to send hard copies of material to the American Studies program.

***Application Deadline is March 15, 2024***


 Application materials include:


Three letters of recommendation

All three letters of recommendation should ideally be sent by academic professionals who are capable of judging your academic work and your qualification to pursue graduate study. Other types of recommenders from professional work environments may be acceptable as well but be sure to request recommendations from at least two academic faculty who know you and your work best.

 You provide email contact information for your recommenders on the application; they receive an email prompt from UW to upload their letters into your application. The on-line application keeps track of when your recommenders’ letters are complete.

 Faculty members you ask for letters are typically very eager to help support your application process and understand recommendations as a part of their professional work-- don’t be afraid to ask them.  


Statement of purpose, 2-3 pages

Your statement of purpose is your opportunity to tell us your potential focus or areas of cultural study specifically in our program at the University of Wyoming. This is our opportunity to see how you are thinking about developing research interests, professional development directions, or embarking on brand new interests and enthusiasms. It is an appropriate place to let us know what your professional goals might be. It should be about 2 to 3 double-spaced pages. 


Writing sample, approximately 10 pages in length

The writing sample is typically academic writing from your undergraduate degree, or a collection of of writing you have published professionally. If you have significant formative service work experience between your undergraduate degree and your application to the M.A. (in the military, in the Peace Corps, or AmeriCorps, for example), your writing sample might be an account of your experience in relation to your graduate and professional plans. The writing sample demonstrates your capability of graduate-level writing. 


Unofficial copy of transcripts from all previous academic institutions

If formally admitted, you will need to provide official transcripts to the University of Wyoming.


Applicants from outside the U.S. must provide TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores to UW.

For more information about sending TOEFL Scores and international transcripts, follow this link to the webpage for International Students Graduate Student Admissions Requirements.

The TOEFL requirement may be waived under some circumstances.


Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, the American Studies Program does not require the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) for admission.

For further information about graduate education at UW, see the following websites:

University of Wyoming Graduate Programs 

Admissions information for prospective UW graduate students

For further information about the American Studies Program, financial support, the range of student accomplishments, American Studies degree requirements or any other questions, please contact us at 307-766-3898, or email the Director at

Contact Us

American Studies Program

Cooper House

University of Wyoming

Dept. 4036 1000 E University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2733


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