How to apply: MFA in creative writing

Application materials and checklist

Listed below are the application materials that need to be completed.

There are three sections to the application process; only the graduate school section and the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing sections are required. The third section, the graduate assistantship application, details information for those who wish to pursue a graduate assistantship.

Section one: 

Graduate school application (required)

Section two: 

Once you have created an online account with the Gradate College, the online application system will ask you for the following:

  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL score (international students)
  • Statement of purpose discussing your interest in graduate study in creative writing (1-2 pages)
  • A 10-20 page manuscript of original poetry, nonfiction or fiction. Applicants may apply in fiction, nonfiction and poetry, but must include a 10-20 page manuscript for each genre. Also, please be aware that our fiction program focuses on literary fiction and rarely accepts genre fiction (horror, science fiction, fantasy, children’s, young adult, etc.). 
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

Section three: Graduate Teaching Assistantship Application

  • Statement for Graduate Teaching Assistantship
    • In this statement, please describe any relevant experience to teaching writing composition. The Writing Program does consider GTA applicants with little or no formal teaching experience. However, in your GTA Statement, you should translate your previous experience into practical teaching knowledge.  Please demonstrate your commitment and interest in teaching composition as specifically and concretely as possible. Clarify what you can bring to the classroom and to the composition program. Creative writing students generally do well in the selection process but only when they emphasize their enthusiasm and ability to teach.  
  • Copies of transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation referencing your teaching/work experience. 
    • If you use the same letters for your program admission and instructorship applications, please ask your references to address your teaching skills or potential. 

Deadline information

Applications are reviewed year round for program admission; however, there are application deadlines for each semester:

  • Fall - February 1, to be considered for a graduate assistantship or tuition waiver. Applications will be reviewed after that deadline if space is available. 
  • Spring - November 15