MFA in Creative Writing Application Process

Applying to Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (deadline of February 1st):

  1. Application for Graduate Admission (Submit online.)
    ​Upload the following documents into this application (each document should have your name on it):
    • MA/MFA English Graduate Program Application Form (writeable PDF)
    • Statement of professional purpose addressing your interest in the program, your ability to succeed in graduate school, and (if relevant) your teaching experience
    • Résumé or curriculum vitae
    • A 10-20 page critical essay (can be made up of 2 essays) - please label as "critical essay"
    • Either 10 pages of poetry or 20-30 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction - please label as "writing sample"
  2. A minimum of three letters of recommendation addressing your promise as a writer and your ability or potential as a teacher (emailed to or snail mailed to English Department, Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855, directly from recommender.  If snail mailed by student, letter should be in a sealed envelope with recommender's signature over flap.
  3. Non-refundable $50 application fee (May be paid via online, mail, or telephone)
  4. Official transcripts from all schools attended, other than Northern Michigan University 
    ****(Independent evaluation of transcripts required for international students.)
  5. Declaration and certification of finances (international students)
  6. TOEFL score (international students)

Send application materials to:   Office of Graduate Education & Research, Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.


If you have any further questions, please contact:

Department of English (906) 227-2711  
MFA Program Director:  Monica McFawn,
Office of Graduate Education & Research (906) 227-2300