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    Master of Fine Arts Admission Requirements

    Application Deadlines

    All materials must be received by the following deadlines:

    • To begin fall term (September): submit your application and materials by May 15. We will begin awarding scholarships on February 1. Applications received after February 1, and before the final deadline may be considered for scholarships if funding is available.
    • To begin spring term (February): submit your application and materials by November 1.

    Application Requirements

    To apply for admission to the MFA in Creative Writing program, please submit the materials below. If you need more information view our Frequently Asked Questions webpage

    • Online application (no fee for U.S. residents)
    • Questionnaire (submitted as part of the online application). Our faculty reviewers will be looking for well-written, thoughtful responses that let them know more about the kind of writer you are and student you will be.
    • Three- to four-page critical essay, double-spaced, focusing on an element of craft or a particular subject in a book you admire as a writer. For example, if you were struck by the strong voice on the page in a piece of writing, focus on how this was done.
    • Creative writing sample. Submit your best 20 pages (double spaced) of prose or poetry. Your submission may be comprised of more than one piece, provided that they are fully-realized pieces.
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate work. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, you must submit both the original and an official or a certified course by course English translation. Official transcript of a bachelor's degree must be from a regionally accredited college or university. This should be sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or provided in a sealed, signed envelope. Official electronic copies should be emailed to gradprog@hamline.edu. You do not have to provide transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University.
    • Two letters of recommendation written by people unrelated to you, who are familiar with your academic, artistic, and/or professional qualifications.
    • Additional materials you wish the admission committee to consider, such as letters of recommendation or previously published work.

    Apply Online 

    Send remaining materials to:
    Office of Graduate Admission
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-A1710
    Saint Paul, MN 55104 

    International Applicants

    For residents outside of the United States, please view the additional requirements for applying to Hamline University.


    If you have any additional questions about the application process, please contact us using any of the methods listed below.

    Phone: 651-523-2900
    Toll free: 800-753-9753
    Fax: 651-523-2458
    Email: gradprog@hamline.edu