February 1 for spring and summer semesters.
August 1 for the fall semester.
See residency dates.
If you’ve missed the deadline, contact us— we can sometimes accept late applications.
- Online application
- $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
Download the MFA Application Instructions and Checklist (PDF)
Decisions are usually made four to six weeks after all application materials have been received.
Track your application
Our ‘My Account’ applicant portal page is the place to view, update and submit information to your application. You have access to:
- Update your profile
- Submit your application
- View your application
- Upload additional supplemental documents required for admission
Upon submitting your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page, and you can check your application status. Your application status will change from submitted to complete once all supplemental items have been received.
You will be notified by phone or email with our admissions decision.
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 with a creative writing emphasis may also be eligible for transfer credit. Please inquire.
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.