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Admission, Tuition and Costs

2015-2016 Tuition and Fees

Annual Tuition: $14,992

  • For students who entered prior to Fall 2015, this rate is charged in two equal installments of $7,496 in the Spring and Summer terms only.
  • For students entering in Fall 2015 or later, this rate is charged in three equal installments of $4,997 in the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.
  • We no longer assess a separate residency fee. However, students in the Latin America track are charged partial tuition for their final summer term and graduating residency.
  • Tuition does not include housing or travel to and from the residency city.
  • Tuition is subject to change each year.

For non-academic fees, please see the Tuition & Fees page at

Travel and Lodging Costs

Travel and lodging expenses are not included. However, we will arrange a block of rooms with a convenient hotel.

2015 Hotel Expenses

South American Copacabana Hotel

Rio de Janiero, Brazil
$108/night, plus tax
$1,512 plus tax for a 14-night stay

2014 Hotel Expenses

Design CE: Hotel de Diseno

Buenos Aires, Argentina

$107/night, tax included
$1,498 for 14-night stay

Admission to the Program

Participants may enter the program in the Fall or Spring semester with distance learning, or in the Summer term which concludes with the residency in South America. Our next residency is in Santiago, Chile, July 23 - August 6, 2016.

The application reading period for the 2015-2016 academic year is August 1 - May 1.

In order to be considered for admission to the MFA program in creative writing, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or have equivalent experience practicing creative writing as that experience is reflected in the quality of the prospective student's application portfolio.
  • Submit a completed graduate application
  • Submit official transcripts from the college or university from which their highest degree was awarded. If the candidate does not hold a bachelor's degree, a high school transcript must be submitted. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope. They may be sent separately, or along with the other application materials.
  • Submit one copy of a portfolio of creative writing in each genre for which you are applying, consisting of approximately 25 pages of fiction, creative nonfiction, or writing for stage and screen, or 10 pages of poetry.
  • Submit one copy of a one-page, typed, single-spaced essay on the prospective student's reasons for applying to the MFA program and expectations for the program.
  • Provide one letter of academic or professional reference that speaks to the applicant's ability as a writer or potential as student. Letters of recommendation may either be sent separately or along with the other application materials.
  • Submit a $50 application fee for each genre in which you are applying.
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