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Graduate Admissions

Matriculated students seeking admission into the M.F.A. program.

The priority application deadline for Fall 2017 admission to the M.F.A. program is May 1.

For admission into the M.F.A program in Creative Writing, you must meet general graduate admissions requirements, in addition to:

  • Two letters of reference from people familiar with your writing
  • Personal statement: Tell us something about your writing life and what you hope to accomplish during the program. Tell us what you have read, are now reading and what you intend to read. Describe your current literary interests, your current or future challenges, and your literary goals. Please limit your essay to 1,000 words.
  • Manuscript in one genre only:
    • Poetry: 10–15 pages (approximately a dozen poems)
    • Fiction: Maximum of 30 pages, double-spaced, which can consist of one or more stories or part of a novel. If an excerpt from a longer work is submitted, please include a one-paragraph description of the work as a whole.
    • Dramatic writing: maximum of 50 pages, double-spaced, which can consist of a monologue, a one-act play or a scene from a full-length play or screenplay or television script. If an excerpt from a longer work is submitted, please include a one-paragraph description of the work as a whole.
    • Creative non-fiction: Maximum of 30 pages, double-spaced, which can consist of one or more pieces or part of a longer work. If an excerpt from a longer work is submitted, please include a one-paragraph description of the work as a whole.

Non-matriculated students seeking admission into the M.F.A. program.

Admission to the M.F.A. is on a rolling, space available basis. Candidates should submit a writing sample to the director of the M.F.A. program for consideration.

Scholarships and financial aid

The Department of English also awards the Roundtable Prize for Graduate Studies, honors in creative writing, honors in English, and the Donald Everett Axinn Awards in Creative Writing.

 

For further information, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
e – graduateadmissions@adelphi.edu
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