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January 31, 2022 is the deadline for fall admission applications. 

Applicants for the Fall must also apply for a Teaching Assistantship OR waive this requirement by emailing Stanislav Rivkin (MFA Program Coordinator) at by 1/31/22. 

IA/TA positions are awarded on an annual basis for the full academic year following the application. 

November 1, 2021 is the deadline for Spring admission applications. Applicants for spring admission may only apply for IA/TA positions (by 1/31/21, as described above) that begin the following academic year. 

Steps to Applying

1.) Complete your electronic application

2.) Pay $55 application fee

  • Payment  is made at the conclusion of the application.
  • Fee Waivers: If the application fee is a serious financial burden (as determined relative to your maximum family contribution on the FAFSA), you can request a graduate application fee waiver by emailing The Graduate College at

3.) Submit copies of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Please see instructions within the electronic application. 

4.) For Fall admission ONLY, please complete a Teaching Assistantship Application or a Waiver of Assistantship. If you're applying for Spring admission, please skip this step. 

  • A Teaching Assistantship application is required for students who would like financial assistance in the form of Fellowships or Assistantships. Those entering the program during the Spring semester may still apply in January for all forms of financial assistance that would begin the following Fall semester. 
  • Note: This requirement can be waived upon your written request. If you do not wish to be considered for any Assistantships or Fellowships, and would like to apply to the MFA program anyway, you may email and indicate this preference in lieu of completing the Assistantship application.
  • The Teaching Assistantship application includes the following components: 
    • Application form

    • Personal statement (regarding interest in teaching, rather than writing)

5.) Submit three letters of recommendation that address your academic qualifications and your commitment to good citizenship in a collegial and diverse academic community.

  • if you are applying for an Instructional or Teaching Assistantship, all letters should also discuss your potential as a teacher

6.) Submit statement of purpose (maximum 750 words) discussing your goals for your time in the three-year program:

  • How do you hope to use this time to grow as a writer? You might additionally choose to address scholarly goals, professional goals, and/or what you see as the benefits of living and working in a diverse community of writers.
  • submit as a PDF file

7.) Upload a writing portfolio (via electronic application)

  • Fiction applicants should submit a maximum of 25 double-spaced pages of their work (short stories and/or a novel excerpts)
  • Poetry applicants should submit 12-15 poems
  • Fiction and Poetry applicants may, if they choose, also include one creative nonfiction essay or excerpt in their portfolio, subject to the same 25-page maximum for the manuscript in total
  • Please submit your portfolio as a single PDF file. The PDF must show your last name and your genre (e.g., Smith, Poetry). The writing portfolio is the single most important factor in determining admission to the MFA program. 

All applicants are automatically considered for MFA program scholarships, though Assistantships are the primary means of financial support. Applicants for the Fall admission must apply for a Teaching Assistantship OR waive this requirement by emailing Stanislav Rivkin (MFA Program Coordinator) at by 1/31/22. Learn more about Assistantships here.

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