MFA Creative & Professional Writing


A student who wishes to obtain an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education. The program welcomes students from diverse educational backgrounds; no degree in English or in any humanities field is required.

In addition to the application, each prospective student must submit two writing samples: a 20 to 50 page portfolio of previous writing and a brief essay. The portfolio may consist of writing in any genre, but the department prefers a combination of creative and professional writing samples, if possible. 

Graduate Application

MFA Additional Admission Documentation

MFA Genre and Schedule Questionnaire

Essay Form

All materials should be sent as an attachment to Graduate Admissions and the MFA Coordinator, Associate Professor Anthony D’Aries, at Applications are accepted year-round and are reviewed on a rolling basis.


First Residency Scholarship

This $1,000 award is presented annually to an incoming student to cover the cost of the first residency. No additional application beyond the MFA Program application is required. For scholarship eligibility, the application to the program and subsequent materials must be received by March 1st. Students applying for admission to the Spring semester of the following year should also submit materials before this deadline.


Tuition and Fees

*Note: Starting in Fall 2023, students living in CT, NY, or NJ will pay the in-state tuition rate. Additionally, students living in the U.S. outside of the tri-state area will pay the New England Regional rate. Click here for Fall 2023-Spring 2024 rates. 

Residency Fee = $746