Admissions — MFA

a top-10 low residency MFA program

Poets & Writers, year after year after year

At Spalding, we don’t have an administrative mandate to fill a prescribed number of seats in workshop each semester. Instead, the MFA directors and faculty accept only the applicants we believe have the highest potential to produce quality creative writing.

Applicants can have a bachelor’s degree in any area—it doesn’t have to be English or creative writing—and we don’t require the GRE. If you’re an international student, contact us for information about additional steps you may need to complete.

We welcome students who want to transfer from another program. Call us to talk about your options. And we’re happy to receive applications from students who already hold an MFA but would like to continue their studies in a post-graduate semester.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the fall semester is August 1; for spring and summer, the deadline is February 1. If you’ve missed the deadline, contact us— we can sometimes accept late applications.

Do you accept transfer credit or publications/productions as credit?

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. A student whose published or produced work is accepted in lieu of the creative thesis may complete the Spalding low residency MFA in Writing degree in three semesters instead of four and with four residencies instead of five. For more information, email with “Acceleration” in the subject line.

When will I hear whether I’ve been accepted?

Decisions are usually made four to six weeks after all application materials have been received.

Ready to begin your MFA experience? Our application checklist and instructions give you everything you need to get started.



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