ADMISSION TO THE MFA PROGRAM is based on a faculty committee's evaluation. Applicants are accepted for admission in the fall semester.
DECEMBER 15 is the deadline for submission of the online application to the Graduate School and is the postmark deadline for submission of the manuscript to the MFA Program. Accompanying materials (e.g., transcripts, letters of recommendations, GRE scores) will continue to be accepted through January 6.
All applicants are considered for MFA fellowships and for nomination for Graduate School Fellowships. Applicants may self-nominate for the MFA Diversity Fellowship (see below).
The GRE is not required for admission to the MFA Program. However, it is recommended should you hope to be competitive for Graduate School Fellowships.
APPLICATION MATERIALS TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL (Submission deadline December 15)
Applicants must submit an online application through the Graduate School website. Transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, GRE scores, and application fee are submitted directly to the Graduate School.
APPLICATION MATERIALS TO THE MFA PROGRAM (Postmark deadline December 15)
1. Original Manuscript. Applicants must submit an original manuscript and completed cover sheet.
For poetry, submit up to 10 pages of poetry.
For fiction, submit up to 20 pages of fiction, which may be short stories, an excerpt from a novel or both.
2. University Writing Program (UMP) Teaching Associate Application (optional)
If you hope to have funding (tuition waiver and stipend) during your time in the MFA Program, you are strongly encouraged to apply to teach in the University Writing Program. We recommend you submit these materials along with your Original Manuscript and Cover Sheet postmarked by December 15. However, you may submit them under separate cover postmarked by February 1 (postmarked).
3. Diversity Fellowship (optional)
Through the generous support of the Graduate School, the MFA Program is sometimes able to award a fellowships to support an incoming candidate of diverse background or experience. Fellowships provide a stipend and a waiver of tuition and fees during the candidate’s first and third years in the program. (The recipient will work with the MFA Program to secure a funded teaching or research appointment during his/her second year.)
All applicants are welcome to apply. The fellowship especially seeks to support women; persons with disabilities; or individuals from cultural, ethnic, linguistic, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds that otherwise would not be adequately represented in the program. If you wish to be considered for this fellowship please include with your cover sheet and original manuscript a brief (1-2 page) explanation of how you meet the fellowship’s criteria (above) and why the fellowship would meaningfully support your pursuit of an MFA degree in the Program for Poets and Writers. Deadline: December 15.
4. Self-addressed stamped postcard (optional)
If a self-addressed stamped postcard is included, we will mail it back to you to confirm receipt of your manuscript.
Send MFA application materials to:
MFA Program for Poets and Writers
Department of English, 452 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
130 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9269