Campus Coordinators

Admissions

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1ST

Applicants should have completed an undergraduate degree in English, theater, foreign languages, or a related field. Students applying for the MFA degree who do not have any of these undergraduate majors may be admitted on the basis of writing excellence.  While the NEOMFA Program does not require the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or consider GRE scores during the admissions process, individual gateway schools may require it, especially for assistantship consideration, and applicants should consult the Gateway’s Graduate Coordinator for further information.

TO APPLY TO A GRADUATE SCHOOL AT A CONSORTIAL UNIVERSITY:

Apply for admittance to the Department of English through the Graduate School at one of the four consortium universities. The MFA program is located in the Departments of English on each campus. 

The online application system for each university will give you directions for submitting letters of recommendation, transcripts, and any other materials required by the English department at your gateway of choice. Follow the links below to get more information at each university's English Department graduate admissions page, then use the "click here" links for online application forms by university:

Required application materials to the gateway school may vary by campus. Be sure you know what you need to send and where. Be sure to indicate that you are applying for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA not MA) program in Creative Writing.  

You will need to arrange to send official transcripts from all schools attended and degrees completed to the graduate school at your chosen university, as well as three letters of recommendation from those familiar with your academic and creative work.

NOTE: ALL GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION MATERIALS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE APPROPRIATE GRADUATE SCHOOL OR ENGLISH DEPARTMENT IN THE LINKS ABOVE, NOT TO THE NEOMFA OFFICE.

If you are not sure which school you should apply to, contact the NEOMFA Campus Coordinators for advice on what each particular school has to offer. You need only apply to ONE of the gateway universities.

NEOMFA Campus Coordinators:


TO APPLY TO THE MFA PROGRAM:

Once you have applied to one of our gateway schools, you may also apply to the MFA Program. Send a one-page statement of goals along with a portfolio of your creative work in your genre to the NEOMFA Office. If you can arrange for those who wrote your letters of recommendation to also send an electronic copy of their letter to our office at neomfa@uakron.edu it will help us process your application faster.

Statement of Goals:

We are interested in knowing more about your background in creative writing:  What authors have had an important influence on your work and why?  Who have you studied with and how has their influence been important to you?

Your one-page statement of goals may include: 

  • Your current career goals, and
  • Compatibility of these goals with the purpose and design of the NEOMFA.
  • Specific reading and writing projects in area of specialization.
  • Degrees, special workshops attended, or other relevant experience.
  • Honors and awards.
  • Publications in your chosen genre (including date, publisher, page numbers).
  • Relevant work experience.

Creative Portfolio: 

15 pages of your work in poetry or literary translation, or 30 pages of fiction or creative non-fiction. Playwriting applicants should submit a full-length play and a twenty-page selection from another work. Please note that for literary translation submissions, the original work must be included. The original will not be counted toward the page total.

The statement and portfolio should be sent as 2 separate attachments (in .doc, .docx, or .rtf) and emailed to the attention of the Director:

Dr. Mary Biddinger, NEOMFA Director     

Please be sure to label each document that you send with your name and full contact information including an email addressWe will contact you when we receive your portfolio and again to let you know the decision of the Admissions Committee.

NOTE: PORTFOLIO AND STATEMENT OF GOALS  SHOULD BE SENT TO THE NEOMFA OFFICES AT THE neomfa@uakron.edu EMAIL ADDRESS, NOT TO THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT OR GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THE CHOSEN GATEWAY UNIVERSITY.

The deadline for portfolios is February 1st!  

If you also intend to apply for an assistantship please check with the Campus Coordinator at your gateway university.  Deadlines for assistantship applications vary by university and may be different than that of the MFA portfolio deadlines.

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