Prospective Students

A two-year fulltime program in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry with the option for a third year in an alternate genre.  

Students are admitted on the basis of original manuscripts, letters of recommendation, and undergraduate records. Our students hold degrees from fields as diverse as biology, English, business, economics and history, but most have had some exposure to a writing workshop. Students range in age from 22 to 75 and come from all over the world.

December 10, 2018 is the priority deadline and includes an application fee waiver ($50 value). January 31, 2019 is the final deadline and requires a $50 application fee.

I want to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing. Now what?

  1. Complete our Inquiry Form

  2. Check out our Prospective Student page to learn about our application process, funding, and more!

  3. Apply online!

  4. Schedule a classroom or campus visit. If you aren't local, we can connect you with our faculty, alums, or current students remotely. Contact Candace Eros Diaz, Admissions Coordinator for details.

  5. If you're applying for graduate financial aid, complete your FAFSA.

The SMC MFA program welcomes international applicants from all countries. We have have alumni from all over the world, including Canada, China, Indonesia, Iran, and the United Kingdom.



We believe our Program is made stronger by the diverse communities that call our nation home. We recognize the cultural, artistic and economic contributions of immigrants and refugees. We cherish and will defend fundamental Constitutional rights, like due process and religious freedom that are foundational to our democracy. We stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees and indigenous and marginalized people, our neighbors, friends and family members.