Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Admission to a program of study requires evidence of the applicant's ability to pursue graduate study and to complete the requirements for the specific degree program. An applicant may take up to six credit hours while seeking admission. To seek admission to a graduate program, a candidate must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution.

Application Deadlines

The MFA program operates on rolling admissions. We have two starting terms: each January and June. For priority consideration, apply by November 1 for January start term and Feb 15 for the June 2018 start term. The previous deadline of April 1 was adjusted due to the MFA Summer 2018 Residency being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There is a visa process in order to visit Brazil and the program would like to give you the most amount of time to complete this process.

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Admission Materials

Required Application Materials

  • 2018 Application for Admission
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Work Sample
    • Poetry in an Expanded Field: 5-8 work samples, or
    • Prose: 3-4 work samples (20 page max, narrative samples must be double spaced)
  • Personal Statement - 1-2 pages or a 1-3 minute video explaining why you want to be considered

Application materials should be sent to Stetson University:

Stetson University Office of Graduate Admissions
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
Unit 8289
DeLand, Florida 32723
Fax: 386-822-7112


For priority consideration, including scholarships, we recommend applying at least two months prior to the start of the next term. Application decisions will not be made until all application materials are received. 

International Students

The following additional requirements apply to international applicants:

Submit your transcripts.

Official transcripts from your undergraduate degree are required. Transfer students are required to submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended as well as a listing of courses in progress that includes course names, course numbers and numbers of credit hours.

If the grading and evaluation system used by your education system differ from those used by the United States education system, you must provide official translation and a course-by-course evaluation of undergraduate/graduate degree studies. Please use one of the following evaluation services for your course-by-course evaluation:

World Educational Services
22 Prince St.
PMB 101
New York, NY 10012

Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Ave.
Miami, FL 33173

Take an English proficiency test.

All applicants for admission whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language and submit a scored of 90 or better on the Internet-based test. Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies for additional information; the office's contact information is at right.

Submit immigration forms.

Upon admission, WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning will assist students in obtaining a student visa. To issue the U.S. Immigration Form I-20 "Certificate of Eligibility," the department must have on file acceptable documentation and evidence showing that the admitted student has funds to pay for the first year of study at Stetson University. The student should keep a copy of this financial documentation as he/she will need to present it at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate as part of the visa application procedure. Please contact the department at 386-822-8165 or with questions regarding this step.

Please send all necessary documentation to WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning to the following address:

  • Department of International Learning
    Stetson University
    421 North Woodland Boulevard
    Unit 8412
    DeLand, Florida 32723