Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a 3.0 GPA overall and in the student’s major.

Three substantive and detailed letters of recommendation, at least two from former teachers familiar with the applicant's most recent academic and creative work.

A 3-5 page personal statement focusing on the role of the candidate's reading life in his or her development as a writer.
(Note: The general Graduate Admissions application refers to this as a statement of interests and intent. They are one and the same.)

A writing sample of 10 manuscript pages of poetry or 20 manuscript pages of fiction.

Applicants must indicate whether they are applying in FICTION or POETRY in their Statement of Purpose.
If you want to apply in both genres, include one writing sample in FICTION and one in POETRY and indicate in the Statement of Purpose that the application is for both.

GREs are encouraged but not required.


Online application forms may be found at the Office of Graduate Admissions and sent with all materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

In addition, please send a DUPLICATE/ hard copy of your writing sample and personal statement to:

MFA Program in Creative Writing
English Department
UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

Application deadline for Fall 2018 is January 15, 2018**
** Priority deadline is January 15th; if space is available, we’ll consider applications submitted after the 1/15 deadline.


Please visit the Bursar's Office for information on resident and non-resident tuition and fees.