The Application Process
Prospective students for our Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program usually apply late fall/early winter for the following fall semester. Applications must be complete by February 1 for students who wish to be considered for an MFA assistantship(learn more about assistantships and other financial aid available to graduate students). Applications after February 1 may be considered but are ineligible for MFA-sponsored assistantships.
A. Application Process:
These materials are sent to: Graduate Admissions, Campus Box 107, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 31061. Questions? Call Graduate Admissions.
- 1. Submit the completed on-line graduate application plus $35 fee (a PDF-print application is available for mailing, but the hard-copy application cost is $40).
- 2. After completing the on-line application, download and return the required signature page: please complete this step (included in the hard-copy application).
- 3. Request letters of recommendation be sent from three teachers, writers, or other professionals who can attest to your potential for graduate study.
- 4. Request a copy of ALL official undergraduate or graduate transcripts be sent (even if still in progress; a final official transcript will be required for accepted students).
B. Application Process (materials that go directly to the MFA Program): These materials are sent to: MFA in Creative Writing Program, Campus Box 44, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 31061. Questions? Contact the MFA program.
- 1. Send a writing sample in your thesis genre (please label: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction). For poetry, please submit up to 10 poems, typed, single-spaced; for prose, submit up to 25 pages typed, double-spaced (1-2 short stories or essays, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir).
- 2. Include a statement of purpose (about two pages, typed, single-spaced). Please address your goals as a writer. Tell us why you wish to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing with us, rather than follow another path. Surprise us.
- 3. Résumé (optional); only required of applicants who submit complete applications by February 1 and who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship.
NOTE: After you’ve been accepted, but before you can enroll in classes, you will also need to provide verification of lawful presence(graduate admissions will request this information from you after you’ve been accepted); also, you may wait to complete the requiredimmunization form (required of all GC students) after you have been accepted to the program but beforeyou start classes.
The MFA program in Creative Writing differs from many other GC graduate programs (for example, there is no GRE requirement for our program). Our web pages provide program-specific information; however, you will find other important information at graduate admissions, the university registrar, financial aid, and other GC web sites/offices.
Evaluation of Your Application
Your writing portfolio is the first (primary) credential we review in evaluating your application for admission (writing samples are reviewed by a faculty committee who teach in the student’s thesis genre). Your letters of recommendation and statement of purpose are also important, since they will address your skill and accomplishment as a writer. Because our students also take required classes in Poetry & Poetics or Prose Forms, Teaching Creative Writing, and non-creative writing courses in literature, criticism, linguistics, or other subjects, your transcripts will also help us make our final, holistic evaluation of your application.
We begin to review applications after February 1. In order to maintain small classes and individual, intensive mentorship of thesis work, our admission process is competitive. Our first step is to inform students (typically, before March 1) whether or not they’ve been admitted to our program. Our second step is to determine MFA assistantship offers and wait lists (see Assistantships / Financial Aidfor details about graduate assistantships).
Call us at 478-445-4581, or send an email. For Graduate Admissions questions, call 478-445-6289.
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