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Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Students may enter in either the Spring term, which begins in January, or in the Summer term which begins in May. Applicants may also be admitted in the Fall with permission of the Program Director.

Application Deadline for Summer/Fall: March 1
Application Deadline for Spring: October 1


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

  1. 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.

  2. Submit a completed graduate application form, either online or on paper.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Submit a $50 application fee for each genre in which you are applying.

International Student Admission

Queens University of Charlotte welcomes international students. An applicant must ask the institution from which he or she earned his or her highest degree to forward his or her transcript to the MFA Program Office. All international students applying to the MFA program must demonstrate proficiency in English in the work submitted in their application portfolios. International students are responsible for securing the necessary visas.

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