• January 2014 Orientation & Arrival

    MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Admission Requirements

    Application Deadlines

    All materials must be received by the following deadlines:

    • To begin summer residency (July): submit your application and materials by the Priority Deadline: March 1. The Final Deadline is May 15 or by May 1 for Mini-Immersion.
    • To begin winter residency (January): submit your application and materials by Priority Deadline: September 1. The Final Deadline is October 1,
      or by November 1 for Mini-Immersion.

    Application Requirements

    To apply for admission to the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program, please submit the materials below. If you need more information view our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    • 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 children or YA book that impressed you. For example, you could focus on the ways in which an author developed the characters in a picture book.
    • Creative writing sample. Submit either 20 pages (double spaced) of prose or poetry written for children or young adults OR two picture book manuscripts. Your submission may be comprised of more than one piece or genre, provided that they are fully-realized pieces and do not exceed the 20-page total limit.
    • 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.

    Additional Requirements for International Students


    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