What are my chances/How competitive are English MA programs?
I graduated from a BA program in 2014, then decided in 2016 that I wanted to eventually get a Ph.D. in English. I've decided to get an MA first because I want to make absolutely sure that I'm prepared for a Ph.D. and that I have a competitive application. I'm just now entering my second semester of post-baccalaureate classes.
I have no idea how competitive my application will be, or what stratum of school I should be applying to. My two biggest liabilities, I think, is that my undergrad GPA was a 3.7 (which seems low for English) and I don't yet have any publications (I'll be submitting to some conferences this fall, but I likely won't know if I'm accepted until after MA applications are due).
On the plus side, my GRE scores are good--V 168, Q 160, Analytical 6--and my post-baccalaureate GPA is a 4.0. I'm also trying my best to ingratiate myself with professors this semester, and should continue to perform well academically. I have a clear focus and area of study and am taking classes that are relevant to that area of study.
I'm applying to my undergraduate school (ranked around #60 for English graduate programs), three other schools with similar rankings (in the 50s and 60s), and a dream school that's ranked in the low 30s.
In your view, what are my chances? Should I apply to more, less-selective schools?
Thank you all.