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Admission Prerequisites for the MFA

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents should possess the following academic qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in coursework completed in the final two years of undergraduate study and any post-baccalaureate study.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MFA Program in Writing.

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International Applicants

International applicants should possess the following:

  • The equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree, with above average scholarship, granted by a university-level institution.
  • Proficiency in the English language, demonstrated by attaining a minimum score on the TOEFL or IELTS test. (Required for applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted year at a university-level institution in a country where English is the official language.)
  • Eligibility for a graduate student visa.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MFA Program in Writing.

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September 1, 2016
Application period opens

December 15, 2016
@ 11:59pm Pacific
Application period closes

February-March 2017
Decision notifications emailed

September 2017
Program begins