How to Apply

Prospective students applying to the MFA program in Creative Writing MUST do so by first accessing the Graduate School application site. The MFA program application deadline is January 15, 2022 for entrance into the program in Fall 2022.

Required Application Materials for the MFA program in Creative Writing:

  • Creative writing sample in the genre in which you are applying. This sample should demonstrate skill and promise for further development in the genre. Fiction samples may include one short story, several short stories, or a section of a novel, and must not exceed 30 pages in length. Poetry samples should be no more than 10 pages of poetry.
  • Statement of purpose (300-500 words). Please discuss your writing style, literary influences, and goals as a writer; how the College and its program will support these goals; and what you believe you will contribute to the program.
  • Three letters of recommendation from previous professors who can speak about your writing and qualities as a student. If not submitted online, must be submitted in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the flap.
  • Official GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-22 graduate application cycle.


  • Unofficial transcripts FOR REVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Unofficial transcripts should be printed from a college or university’s online portal and MUST include the name of the applicant and the name of the institution. An applicant may also submit official transcripts as described below with their application.


  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities.  Transcripts may be submitted electronically; otherwise they must be submitted in sealed envelopes with the stamp or seal of the institutions’ Registrar on the flap. If not submitted with an application, official transcripts will be required as a condition of admittance to the University.