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Admission Requirements

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Minimum Requirements

Our application and admission process is committed to evaluating applications holistically based on a student’s ability to successfully undertake the rigors of graduate study and contribute meaningfully to our classroom conversations and academic community. Students who wish to apply to the certificate program must meet the following admission requirements.

  1. A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, earned by the expected date of entry.
  2. A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement—or if you feel that your GPA is not a valid indicator of your ability—you may submit an application, and provide a brief statement (no more than one page) explaining circumstances or limitations that affected your GPA.

Application Components & Process


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required.

Please Note: The MFA in Creative Writing program does not accept transfer credits towards our degree from other universities.

Additional information and admission requirements for international students

Once your application is complete, the department will contact you to schedule an admission interview. Decisions are made and communicated 4-6 weeks from the time your application is complete.

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