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January 15 is the deadline for fall admission applications. 

February 1 is the deadline for Assistantship applications. IA/TA positions are awarded on an annual basis, for the entire academic year following the application. 

November 1 is the deadline for spring admission applications. Applicants for spring admission may only apply for IA/TA positions (by 2/1, as described above) that begin the following academic year. 

Where to Submit Your Application Materials

  • Complete your electronic application through ApplyTexas. Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you will receive an email from the Graduate College at Texas State University with your assigned campus NetID. NOTE: We recommend that you complete your ApplyTexas application well before the deadline day to ensure that you receive your NetID in time.
  • A $40 nonrefundable application fee to the Graduate College. You can submit your payment online through TouchNet or mail a check to the address below. (Note: International students may have to pay an additional $50 fee.)
  • Request official transcripts from each four-year college or university you have attended to be sent to the Graduate College.
  • Upload ALL other application materials––including your writing portfolio––through the Graduate Admissions Document Upload system (GADU). In order to log into GADU, you will need the NetID information sent to you by the Graduate College after you submitted the ApplyTexas application. This information will be sent to you within 48 hours of submitting your ApplyTexas application.
    • Note regarding the writing portfolio: Please submit your portfolio as a single PDF file. The PDF must show your last name and your genre (e.g., Smith, Poetry). Fiction writers should submit up to 30 pages of fiction (short stories and/or a novel excerpt); poets should submit 12-15 poems; fiction/creative nonfiction writers should submit one short story or brief novel excerpt and one creative nonfiction essay (up to 30 pages total).

If your prior institutions will only send hard-copy transcripts, you may send them to:

  The Graduate College
  Texas State University
  601 University Drive
  San Marcos, TX 78666-4684          

If you are applying for admissions only, no other materials are required. All applicants are automatically considered for MFA program scholarships.

However, if you're applying for an Assistantship as well, you will need to submit letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose with that application. GRE scores are optional. Learn more about Assistantships here. 

For general admissions question, please e-mail Stanislav Rivkin, MFA Program Coordinator, at