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Admission Requirements

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Minimum Requirements

Whether you’re from Los Angeles, Lisbon, or London, a first-time graduate student or considering a second master’s degree, there are a few key minimum graduate admission requirements that students who wish to apply to the Creative Writing program must meet to apply to MSMU.

  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.

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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