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.
- 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.
- 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
Application for Graduate Admission+-
Applicants must complete and submit an online Graduate Application in order to be considered for admission.
Applicants are required to submit an application essay explaining your purpose in undertaking our particular graduate program in Creative Writing. This is your opportunity to define your artistic goals, interests and career plans as they relate to your proposed course of study. We are trying to gain a sense of who you are and the distinctive experiences and interests that have motivated you to pursue this degree.
Application Essay – maximum length, four pages, double-spaced.
After you submit your application, arrange for all official transcripts from colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions you have previously attended be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Important: Official transcripts are those that have been issued by an institution, and submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions in a sealed envelope or electronically. Copies of transcripts mailed by applicants or hand-delivered will be considered unofficial.
Official transcripts may be sent to Mount Saint Mary’s University in one of two ways.
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Office of Graduate Admissions
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Please instruct your institution to submit secure electronically-delivered transcript to email@example.com.
*MSMU does not accept electronic transcripts from overseas institutions or vendors.
International Transcript Credential Evaluation
International degrees must be evaluated by a professional agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Evaluations must include a course-by-course analysis indicating the type of degree received, the U.S. equivalency of the degree, the graduation date and a cumulative grade point average.
Letter of Recommendation+-
One letters of recommendation is required from an academic or non-academic source. We use an electronic recommendation process, which ensures that we receive your recommendation in a timely fashion and it is convenient for your recommender.
Your recommender should comment on your ability to perform in the program’s required coursework.
When submitting your electronic application, you can provide your recommender name, phone number, and email address. Your recommender will receive the recommendation form via email and then submit it electronically to MSMU.
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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