M.F.A. Creative Writing Admissions Requirements

MFA in Creative Writing Admissions Requirements

Making the decision to earn your Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is significant, and we seek to be a resource for you throughout the admissions process.  Please review our admissions requirements carefully and make a note of any remaining questions you might have. When you’re ready, you may begin the application process, request additional information by email, or contact an admissions counselor directly. We’re here to assist you: admissions@marylhurst.edu or 503.699.6268.

Application Deadline

Students are admitted into the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program year-round, with the options to start Fall or Spring term. We do advise, though, that you submit your application no later than four-weeks prior to the start of classes so we have time to review and process your application and get you started.

MFA Admissions Requirements

Because you are applying to a master’s program at Marylhurst, we require that you hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. You will also need five years of full-time, professional work experience. No GMAT is required unless your G.P.A. and professional work experience do not satisfy these minimum admissions requirements, in which case you may substitute a GMAT score of 550 or above.

Amanda Stover – Admission Counselor

“Deciding to pursue your M.F.A. is a big step. Marylhurst’s MFA program is exceptional and amazingly accessible in a low-residency online program format. I’m here to help you navigate the admissions and application process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.”

Contact Information
Amanda Stover

Application Process

Here are the items you will need to submit to formally apply for the Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. As you review the list, know that we’re here to help you if you have any questions about the required materials for admissions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

  • Complete the online application
    Don’t worry about finishing the application in one session. You can save your work, log out and return to the application at a later time. Your information will be saved.
  • Within the online application, you will also be directed to submit:
    • Official transcript from the regionally accredited institution where you earned a B.A., B.S., or B.F.A. degree
      (additional transcripts may be requested as proof of program pre-requisites). 
    • Two recommendations
  • Examples of work:
    • 3-5 pages of critical work on forms and methods
    • Choose one genre to submit additional work examples of:
      • 3-5 pages of critical work on forms and methods.
      • 15 pages of Poetry, or
      • 20 pages of Prose, or
      • 20 pages of Cross-genre or
      • 15-20 pages of Translation work
  • Letter of intent

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts must be received by Marylhurst University in the original unopened envelope or through approved electronic means from the originating institution. Sounds very legal, but it’s pretty straightforward: contact your previous institutions and request an official transcript to be sent directly to Marylhurst: 17600 Pacific HWY, PO Box 261, Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261. Official transcripts can also be sent via a secure delivery service such as National Student Clearinghouse, eSCRIP-SAFE, or Parchment. Directions on how to do this will also be available within the online admissions application.

Letter of Intent
The letter of intent should address your writing, reading, and community goals. Please contact an admissions counselor to discuss the letter of intent.

We really simplified this process. All you will need are the names and contact information (email) for your recommenders. In the online application, you will be prompted to input their information. This sends your recommenders an email with directions on how to submit their recommendation letter. Easy, right?

  Are you applying as an international student?  Please review these additional requirements for graduate international student applicants.

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