Prospective Students

December 10th is the priority deadline and includes an application fee waiver. January 31st is the final deadline and requires a $50 application fee.

The Saint Mary's MFA in Creative Writing program is a Bay Area 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 many different fields but most have had exposure to a creative writing workshop or writing group. Students range in age from 22 to 75 and come from all over the world. Each accepted student receives a partial tuition scholarship. All students receive the same amount of scholarhsips. A number of graduate student teaching fellowships, editorial positions, and arts administration jobs are available upon admission. 

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

  1. Complete our Inquiry Form.

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

  3. Apply online! Focus your energy on submitting the best writing sample you can submit. 

  4. Connect with our faculty, alums, or current students. Contact Program Assistant, Krista Varela Posell, 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 alumni from all over the world, including Canada, China, Indonesia, Iran, and the United Kingdom.