We’re sure you have a lot of questions about applying to a graduate degree program in creative writing. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about our M.F.A. degree.
The M.F.A. is considered a terminal degree that qualifies a candidate for teaching at a college or university.
You can study poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.
We admit between eight and fifteen students each year.
You apply to a specific genre. However, you are required in your first year of study to enroll in workshops out of your primary genre. The final Thesis Colloquium is a multigenre workshop in which students from all three genres workshop one another’s theses. And we not only invite exploration of genre boundaries but theses that cross genres.
Workshops are limited to 15 students, but usually have fewer students.
Yes. A part-time schedule can be devised with your mentor and the Director of Creative Writing.
About the Application Process
Although Adelphi uses a modified rolling admissions process, applications for fellowships and financial aid are due no later than January 15, 2017. The reading of applications for fall matriculation begins in mid-January, and the majority of students are admitted in February. Thereafter, admission is based on available space. The priority deadline for Fall 2017 admission is May 1.
Full-tuition fellowships and partial scholarships are available to students, as well as opportunities for paid teaching in the undergraduate “Introduction to Creative Writing” and “Art and Craft of Writing” classes, and in a variety of tutoring and administrative roles.
The writing sample is the most important part of the application and the way you demonstrate your talent and skill. You should submit your best work. It is not important to the committee whether or not that work has been previously published. Submit writing samples only in your chosen genre. Additional pages will not be read by the Admissions Committee.
Poetry: no more than 15 pages of poetry (approximately a dozen poems).
Fiction: no more than thirty pages (double-spaced), which can consist of one or more stories, or a section of a novel. If an excerpt from a novel is submitted, please include a one-paragraph description of the novel as a whole
Creative Non-fiction: no more than 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.
You should tell us something about your writing experience to date, and what you hope to accomplish during the program. Tell us what you have read, are now reading, and intend to read. Describe your current literary interests, your current or future challenges, and literary goals. Please limit your essay to 1,000 words.
The preference is for letters from teachers and/or mentors familiar with your creative work, with your writing process, and with you as a student.
An undergraduate degree in English is not required for application or acceptance in the program.
There is no interview process, but you can arrange a visit with our department through Igor Webb, Director of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.