February 1 for spring and summer semesters.
August 1 for fall semester.
See residency dates.
If you’ve missed the deadline, contact us— we can sometimes accept late applications.
- The Spalding University Application for Graduate Admission
- $30 application fee
- Institution-to-institution official transcripts from every college attended
- A writing sample
- Two personal essays (one a commentary and one a personal statement)
- Two letters of recommendation
Decisions are usually made four to six weeks after all application materials have been received.
Transfer and Acceleration
Newly accepted students may transfer one semester from another MFA in Writing program if the semester was completed satisfactorily and fulfills the same requirements as Spalding’s first semester. Work from MA programs is not accepted for transfer credit.
Students who have published a book or produced a play or screenplay may apply for acceleration in their second semester. Accelerated students may complete the degree in three semesters instead of four and with four residencies instead of five. Contact us for more information.