Writing Admission Requirements

Early Placement Application Deadline

February 1 for spring and summer semesters.

August 1 for the fall semester.

See residency dates.

If you’ve missed the early placement deadline, contact us to inquire whether we’re still accepting applications for the semester you’d like to begin.

Admission Requirements

  1. Online application
  2. $30 application fee
  3. Institution-to-institution official transcripts from every college attended
  4. A writing sample
  5. Two personal essays (one a commentary and one a personal statement)

We do not require letters of recommendation or the GRE.

Download the School of Writing Application Instructions and Checklist 2022 (PDF).

We welcome international students. Contact us to inquire about additional requirements for international students.

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

Application confirmation

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email acknowledgment with further instructions regarding items needed for admission to the university.

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Admissions Decision

You will be notified by phone, email, or mail with our admissions decision.

Transfer and Acceleration

Newly accepted students may transfer one semester from another low residency MFA in Writing program if the semester was completed satisfactorily and fulfills the same requirements as Spalding’s first semester. Work from MA programs may be considered for transfer credit.

MFA 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 with “Acceleration” as the subject line.