How and When Do I apply?
Pick up an application for admission to the Graduate School at Charger Central in the University Center, or you may download a form from the Graduate School website. Fill it out, write a check for the application fee (or pay online), and arrange for transcripts and test scores to be sent to UAH. Although there is no application deadline, it is best to file the application at least two months before the start of the term you plan to begin your studies. (Keep in mind that your application has to be approved by the English Department, Dean of the Graduate School, and in the case of those seeking a teaching certificate, the UAH Education Department; all of this takes time.)
If you apply later than that, you should fill out an application for Graduate Non-Degree status for the semester immediately upcoming, and then also file for Graduate Degree status for the following semester. This will allow you to register for classes without having to wait for the paperwork to go through channels. Do note that only 12 hours of non-degree coursework can be counted in your final graduate program, so please do apply promptly for full graduate student status!
Note that if you do require undergraduate courses as prerequisites (for admission to the M.A. program or for the non-traditional teacher certification program), you may prefer to hold off on applying to the Graduate School until you have completed them. You can take them as a non-degree undergraduate student for a lower tuition amount. Otherwise you will have to pay the higher graduate tuition for undergraduate courses. (At UAH the rule is—once a graduate student, always a graduate student!). Of course, your situation may vary if you anticipate requiring financial aid; for some programs, those prerequisite courses can be folded into your Program of Study (and thus are eligible for loans or for tuition coverage if you receive an assistantship or scholarship money from the English Department). If you have any questions about your particular situation, check with the department before you file an application.