• 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) please submit your application and materials by April 14.
    • To begin winter residency (January) please submit your application and materials by October 1.
        

    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 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 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 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 of your bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. This should be sent directly from the institution to the Office of Graduate Admission. 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 


    Questions?

    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