Admission Requirements

The MFA in Creative Writing program offers rolling admissions, accepting applications throughout the year and allowing individuals to begin their studies in any one of our fall, spring or summer terms. Decisions are rendered within 4 to 6 weeks of receipt of the completed admissions materials. The admission decision is based upon the following: A grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in the major field of study and in all subsequent graduate work. Under special circumstances, a candidate with an extensive work history or other overriding qualifications may be admitted with a slightly lower G.P.A.

It is recognized that the Admissions Committee will pay close attention to the quality of the admissions essay given the nature of the intended study. We will let you know our decision within one week of receipt of your completed admissions materials.

  1. Completed application
  2. Payment of the non-refundable $50 application fee
  3. Sealed, official transcripts of all previous academic work from a regionally-accredited institution (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA). Transcripts from non-US countries must be evaluated through a recognized evaluation service. We accept all evaluations from all active members associated with the NACES organization (
  4. Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a person who is qualified to evaluate potential or appropriateness for advanced mentored study.
  5. Resume
  6. A one-page, typed personal statement highlighting why you wish to pursue this degree and how you will benefit, both personally and professionally
  7. TOEFL scores for non-native speakers of English
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