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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing: Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements:
  1. 60 graded credit hours in English/Writing at the 500-level or above.
  2. At least 8 credit hours in WR 552 must be in genres other than your principal genre.
  3. WR 550 Residency: Generative Workshop is graded by Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory system.
  4. Post-Residency WR 552 Individualized Studies: Projects in Writing is devoted to polishing work begun during the Summer Residency.
  5. A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA is required in all courses counting toward the degree.
  6. MFA Practicum should be planned before the second summer residency and implemented during the residency.
  7. Students wishing to pursue a third-year in another genre should expect to repeat their second-year curriculum in that other genre.
Transcripts:Provide official transcripts from all accredited educational institutions attended
Additional Requirements:
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Creative portfolio

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We are here to answer any questions you may have. Contact an enrollment counselor at 855-805-5399 or complete the request for information form and we will be in touch.

International Students

Create an account in the EOU Online system using your name and email address
Apply for admission by filling out the online application
Pay your $90 non-refundable application fee* online
Gather and submit the appropriate documentation

Please note that international students, both graduate and undergraduate, are required to meet the requirements of the EOU English Proficiency Policy.

*Graduate program applications may require additional fees.

Transfer Credit

The online MFA program accepts a maximum of 15 transfer credits. Students seeking to exchange credit for life/work experiences can pursue EOU’s Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. The APEL process is another pathway to earn course credit while reducing tuition costs. To learn more, contact an enrollment counselor at 855-805-5399.

When to Apply

Applying to Eastern Oregon University is simple — you will create an EOU Online account and submit your application online. Then, watch for email updates about your application status and keep in touch with support teams ready to answer your questions.

Upcoming application deadlines include:

Application period opens: October 15, 2023

Priority application deadline: February 1, 2024

Rolling review of applications (contingent on space) until: March 1, 2024

The Office of Admissions is happy to help if you have questions. Call 855-805-5399 or email.