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). 
  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)

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