Admission & Tuition
Admission to the Program
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 form
- 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 $45 application fee for each genre in which you are applying.
Application deadlines: Applications must be postmarked by March 15 for the Summer/Fall term which begins in May, or by October 15 for the Spring term, which begins in January.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The cost of the program for the 2013 calendar year is $6,484 a semester, with a $1,200 charge for the fifth graduating residency that is paid in four installments of $300 with each semester's tuition. Tuition is subject to change each year. If you'd like to stay on campus during the May residency, lodging is generally available at very low cost: around $30 a night for a private room. Meal plans in the campus dining hall are also available. In our January residency, the program is housed at an area hotel with a special rate for the program.
All full-time students may qualify for Federal Student Loans. You do not have to demonstrate "financial need" to secure a Federal Stafford Loan, but you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal Stafford Loan Program is governed by rules and regulations established by the US Department of Education and Congress. We suggest you complete the FAFSA at least two months prior to your enrollment to allow adequate processing time.
For (FAFSA) forms and additional information on how to apply for financial aid please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at Queens University at 704-337-2225
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.