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Mass Art Mfa Application Personal Statement

How to Apply

General Information

The next admissions deadline is February 1, 2018, for Fall 2018 admission.

If you need technical assistance with your application, please call the application site customer service at 857-304-2002, or email them at grs-info.bu@liaisoncas.com.  Please note that BU cannot accept letters of recommendation via Interfolio.

Please DO NOT send any application materials via postal mail.  They run the risk of not being considered.

Go directly to the online application here.

The Boston University Creative Writing Program accepts applications for admission for the fall semester in any given calendar year. Our next deadline, for Fall 2018 admission, is February 1, 2018. We do not, barring exceptional circumstances, consider late applications. We do our best to respond to all applicants by the end of March or beginning of April.

The application fee is $95.  You may apply for an application fee waiver here: http://www.bu.edu/cas/admissions/phd-mfa/apply/fee-waiver/


Please note that the MFA in Playwriting is separate from the Creative Writing Program in Fiction and Poetry. Playwriting is now a three-year program housed at the Boston Playwrights’ Theater, still a part of the BU English Department. For information on the program and its admissions, please visit the Playwriting MFA website.

Your Application

The application for the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing will include the following:

  • A writing sample (for poetry, submit 10 poems; for fiction, submit no more than 40 double-spaced pages, stories are preferred)
  • A personal statement, roughly 2-4 pages in length
  • Two letters of recommendation. Recommenders must upload letters online.
  • An updated CV.
  • Transcripts from any college or university you have previously attended (even if no degree was earned).
  • Optional: examination scores from the GRE General Test. Our GRE code is 3087.

Important Information for Those Re-Applying to the MFA Program:

If you are re-applying for Boston University’s MFA in Creative Writing, you may no longer re-use application materials (transcripts, test-scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) from your previous attempt.  You will need to re-apply completely using our new application system, which can be found here.

For International Applicants:

You must supply additional paperwork, and in some cases, scores from the TOEFL exam. Please consult with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Thank you, and best of luck with your application.


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. 

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