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 Feb.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 submitted after Feb.1 may be considered for admission but are not eligible for MFA-sponsored assistantships.

Application Process, Part One:

Submit the following materials to: Graduate Admissions, Campus Box 107, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 31061. Questions? Contact Graduate Admissions.

The completed on-line graduate application plus $35 fee (a PDF version of the form is available for mailing; the hard-copy application cost is $40).
After completing the on-line application, download and return the required signature page (pdf): please complete this step (included in the hard-copy application).
Three letters of recommendation are required from teachers, writers, or other professionals who can attest to your potential for graduate study. These must be mailed to the Graduate Admissions office or emailed to grad-admit@gcsu.edu. Personal email addresses are not accepted. The email must be from a professional business, institution, or organization (for example, name@university.edu, or name@business.com; NOT Gmail, yahoo, or other personal web email addresses) and the letter should be sent as an attachment.    
OFFICIAL undergraduate or graduate transcripts (even if still in progress).

Application Process, Part Two:

Submit these materials to the MFA Program: Laura Caron Administrative Assistant, MFA in Creative Writing Program, Campus Box 44, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 31061. Questions? Contact the MFA program.

  • A writing sample in your thesis genre (please label as fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction). For poetry, please submit up to 10 poems, typed, single-spaced; for prose, submit up to 30 pages typed, double-spaced (1-2 short stories or essays, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir).
  • A statement of purpose (about 500 words, typed, double-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.
  • Résumé or CV (optional); only required of applicants who submit complete applications by Feb 1 and who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship.

 
NOTE: You will also need to provide verification of lawful presence (PDF) (graduate admissions needs this information before we can accept students into the program) and, before you can register for classes, the required immunization certificate (PDF). We do NOT require GRE scores.

The MFA program 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. International students should contact the International Student Center for admission guidance. 

Evaluation of Your Application 

Your writing portfolio is the 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 Feb.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 (usually early to mid-March) 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 Aid for details about graduate assistantships).

Any Questions?

Call us at 478-445-3509, or send an email. For Graduate Admissions questions, call 478-445-6289.