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

IA/TA positions are awarded on an annual basis for the full academic year. Applicants for Fall admission are automatically considered for Teaching Assistantships. Those who do not intend on holding an Assistantship should waive this requirement by emailing Stanislav Rivkin (MFA Program Coordinator) at by 1/31/22. 

November 1, 2021 is the deadline for Spring admission applications. Applicants for spring admission may only apply for IA/TA positions 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.) 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, you must also discuss your potential as a teacher

5.) 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.
  • If you hope to be considered for an Instructional or Teaching Assistantship, you must discuss your interest and potential in teaching. 
  • submit as a PDF file

6.) 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 be considered 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,  though please remember that applicants to the MFA program DO NOT need to submit a separate application for an Assistantship. 

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