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, 2019 is the priority deadline and includes an application fee waiver ($50 value). January 31, 2020 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 Sara Mumolo, Program Director, 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.

Core Values:

  • We are committed to maintaining an inclusive community built upon diversity and multiculturalism in which all are valued.
  • Our faculty and staff support our students as artists and as individuals, guiding their creative work and their development as emerging writers.
  • We welcome all styles of writing.
  • We emphasize a craft-oriented approach, acknowledging that writing is an ongoing process helped along by shared reading.
  • We are dedicated to making the writing workshop a place where all participants are respected, and where writers can take necessary (though not gratuitous) artistic risks, make inevitable mistakes, and learn from them in a supportive and forgiving environment.