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January 15 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 1/15/20. 

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 1/15/20, as described above) that begin the following academic year. 

Steps to Applying

1.) Complete your electronic application

PLEASE NOTE: Texas State University is currently transitioning its application management system, so please read the following instructions carefully in order to apply for the correct term of admission.

  • For Fall 2020 admission, you must apply through the new Graduate Application system, found here.
  • For Spring 2020 admission only, please apply 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. This is for Spring 2020 only. 

2.) Pay the $55 nonrefundable application fee.

  • For Fall 2020 admission, payment can be made at the conclusion of the application.
  • For Spring 2020 admission, you can submit the required, nonrefundable application fee with credit/debit card information during the ApplyTexas application process or through our secure online payment portal, TouchNet. Please allow 24–48 hours for the payment to post to your account. Applications will not be reviewed until all of the applicable fees are paid.
  • 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. You will upload these copies in a single PDF to the Graduate Admissions Document Upload system (GADU). Please find a comprehensive guide for uploading transcripts here. If accepted to the program, you'll have to submit physical, mailed copies later. However, when applying, please submit only electronic copies. 

4.) [Fall admission only] Teaching Assistantship Application or a Waiver of Assistantship.  A Teaching Assistantship application is required for students who would like financial assistance in the form of Fellowships or Assistantships. (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, posted in September, will include the following components: 

  • Application form

  • Personal statement (regarding teaching, rather than writing)

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation 

5.) Upload a writing portfolio. 

  • Fiction writers should submit up to 30 pages of fiction (short stories and/or a novel excerpt)
  • Poets should submit 12-15 poems
  • Applicants wishing to study creative nonfiction should apply in Fiction, and should submit one short story or brief novel excerpt AND one creative nonfiction essay or memoir excerpt (up to 30 pages 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. 

You'll upload the 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.

All applicants are automatically considered for MFA program scholarships, though Assistantships are the primary means of financial support. Applicants for the Fall must apply for a Teaching Assistantship OR waive this requirement by emailing Stanislav Rivkin (MFA Program Coordinator) at by 1/15/20. Learn more about Assistantships here. 

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