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MFA WritingAdmission to the MFA in Writing program is based on a creative writing sample and a brief statement of purpose. Both items should be emailed directly to MFA Program Director Beth Mead. The writing sample should be 7-10 pages of creative writing—fiction, poetry, and/or literary creative nonfiction. The Statement of Purpose should be a brief description of why you would like to pursue the MFA degree and the role writing has played in your life. We are looking for students with strong writing skills, an understanding of the craft of literary creative writing, and a willingness to grow and stretch as a writer.

Submission Deadlines: To begin coursework in Summer Quarter (July-Sept.), the writing sample and statement of purpose must be emailed to the MFA Program Director by May 1; to begin in Fall Quarter (Oct.-Dec.), by August 1; for Winter Quarter (Jan.-March), by November 1; for Spring Quarter (April-June), by February 1.

Upon the Director’s acceptance into the MFA program based on the writing sample and statement of purpose, students must also apply for admission to the university and meet all university admissions requirements. For identification purposes, fully online students who are unable to meet in person with admissions or the director prior to initial enrollment must either submit a notarized copy of their driver’s license or GRE scores.

Tuition is $440 per credit hour, and there is a 10% surcharge for online classes. We offer two grants: students age 60 and over receive a 50% tuition discount, and students who are currently teaching elementary, middle school, or high school receive $60 off per credit hour. Complete the FAFSA to apply for other financial aid and student loans.

Please click on the info links in the left-hand column of this page for more detailed program information.

Feel free to contact the director with any other questions at or (636) 949-4524.

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