MFA in Creative Writing Application Process

Applying to Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (all materials must be received by February 1st for full consideration):

  1. Application for Graduate Admission (Submit online.)
    ​Upload the following documents into this application (each document should have your name on it):
    • MFA/MA English Graduate Program Application Form (writeable PDF - download and save to your computer and then fill it out, save, and attach to application)
    • 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
    • Writing Sample: If you'd like to submit in poetry, submit 10 pages.  For creative nonfiction and fiction, submit 20-30 pages.  If you would like to submit a mixed genre/hybrid application, submit 20-30 pages. Mixed/hybrid applications may contain any combination of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or experimental/hybrid pieces. Please label as "writing sample."
    • Critical Essay: A 10-20 page critical essay (can be made up of 2 essays) - please label as "critical essay." Pick an essay that shows off your ability to think critically and integrate scholarly research.  An essay from a previous literature course often works well. 
  2. A minimum of three letters of recommendation addressing your promise as a writer and your ability or potential as a teacher (submitted through application system, emailed to english@nmu.eduor 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 about program admission requirements, please contact:

Department of English (906) 227-2711  
MFA Program Director:  Jen Howard,

For questions about the online application, please contact:
Office of Graduate Education & Research,
 (906) 227-2300