MFA Application

Please note: the general program application deadline is February 1. However, if you are interested in becoming a full-time student and want to be considered for possible graduate assistantships, then as early as January 15 of the year in which you are applying, the following items should be sent or delivered to:

Graduate Programs Advisor
Attn: MFA Program (specify genre)
Department of English
Virginia Commonwealth University
Post Office Box 842005
Richmond, VA 23284-2005
tndidato@vcu.edu


MFA Application Checklist:

  • An application to graduate study, including the application for Virginia in-state tuition (these applications are electronic and can only be accessed by logging-in to the VCU Online Application).
  • The 65.00 application fee (payable by credit card through the VCU Online Application).  In certain cases, VCU may waive the fees for applicants that work for certain non-profit programs, including those that work for AmeriCorps.  Please see the appropriate section on the online application where you can make such a request/identification.
  • Transcripts from each institution you attended. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded onto your online application; however, official transcripts will be required if you are admitted.
  • Please note: Effective 2016 GRE scores are no longer required for MFA in Creative Writing applicants.
  • A “Statement of Purpose.” As a part of the general online application, the School of Graduate Studies asks that you write an essay addressing “your reasons for seeking graduate education,” emphasizing such areas as goals, aptitude, awards, and honors. The creative writing program asks that you focus more on the following: Your reading habits; Your writing habits; Your experiences with criticism of your own work and the work of others, in workshops, perhaps, but in the study of literature as well; as well as what you see as your responsibilities in the community of writers of which you are a part.
  • As of the Fall of 2014, three letters of reference are required for each program and should be submitted online by your recommenders. Instructions for how to do so are included in the online application. Letters should address your academic and professional abilities and preparation for graduate study, especially in a creative writing program. (If you are applying for a graduate teaching assistantship, at least two of these should specifically address your qualifications for an assistantship.)  Note: the names, titles, and email addresses of your recommenders should be included in the VCU Online Application. Once your application has been submitted, VCU will contact your recommenders directly for an online letter of reference.

As early as January 15 and by no later than February 1 of the year in which you are applying, the following items should be sent or delivered to

Graduate Programs Advisor
Attn: MFA Program Department of English (specify genre)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Post Office Box 842005
Richmond, VA 23284-2005
tndidato@vcu.edu

  • Your portfolio, consisting of eight to ten poems or twenty to fifty pages of fiction. The portfolio may consist of a combination of these, and it may also include drama or nonfiction. Be certain, however, that it includes only your best work, and that it contains a sufficient amount of work in the genre to which you are applying.  Electronic copies of your creative writing portfolio may be emailed directly to tndidato@vcu.edu.
  • A completed separate Graduate Assistant Application. This separate/additional application also requires an undergraduate, graduate or professional paper, as well as a brief personal essay (2-3 pages) in which you discuss your relevant teaching experience, educational background and your particular interest in a graduate degree, suggesting where your education seems to be leading.  This separate/additional application also requires an undergraduate, graduate or professional paper, or other piece of expository prose of at least five pages; as well as a brief personal essay (2-3 pages) in which you discuss your relevant teaching experience, educational background and your particular interest in a graduate degree, suggesting where your education seems to be leading.

The Graduate Teaching Assistantship is the creative writing program’s primary source of funding for its students. 12-month assistantships include a full tuition waiver plus a stipend of $24,000.   9-month assistantships include a full tuition waiver plus a stipend of $14,000. If you seek funding other than loans, you must submit this application.

*If you are applying for a graduate teaching assistantship or any other type of financial aid, you should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it in a timely manner to Federal Student Aid Programs.

To be considered for an assistantship, Graduate Teaching Assistantship applications should be received by January 15 rather than the general February 1 deadline.

Clint McCown, Director of Creative Writing
Thom Didato, Graduate Programs Advisor

Upcoming Deadlines

Fall Break
OCTOBER 19, 2017

Course Withdrawal Deadline
NOVEMBER 03, 2017

Thanksgiving Holiday Break
NOVEMBER 22, 2017

Last Day of Classes
DECEMBER 08, 2017

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