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MFA Application

The University of Montana MFA program uses a two-step application process, available October 1, 2014 – January 6, 2015. Admission is for Fall 2015.

The first step is to apply to the Graduate School, have your official GRE scores sent to the University of Montana, and submit a $60 fee.

Note: Take the GRE test no later than December 2014. Scores available by mid-January are fine. The requisite GRE code is 4489. If you have questions about GRE scores (TOEFL for International Students), please contact Kelly Speer at the Graduate School,

The second step is to apply for the MFA. All remaining components of the application will be uploaded through Submittable. Continue to UM MFA in Creative Writing.

You will be asked to prepare the following documents:

  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended. (Official transcripts will be required if you are selected.)

  • CV or resume with a list of any relevant awards, honors or publications.

  • Goal Statement: 100 – 300 word essay describing your personal goals for graduate studies; may include current interests, writing projects and literary influences.

  • Writing sample (you may apply for up to two genres, but do not submit a second Graduate School application):

Fiction: 15 – 30 pages (two or more short stories or excerpts from a  novel in progress)
Nonfiction: 15 – 30 pages (one or more nonfiction essays or excerpts from a longer work)
Poetry: 15 pages (page count includes multiple page poems or one poem per page)

  • Three confidential recommendations: recommenders are contacted by email and must respond within two weeks.

  • Expository Essay (if applying for Teaching Assistantship): 7 - 15 pages, literary criticism, research paper, academic or formal essay.

All prose must be double-spaced, standard margins and fonts.

If you have questions about the MFA application process, contact:

Leisa Nelson, Administrative Associate

Department of English

32 Campus Drive

Liberal Arts 133
University of Montana
Missoula, Montana 59812-6120

(406) 243-2928 or

Leisa can confirm receipt of your application after January 6, 2015. If you are not selected for the MFA program, we encourage you to apply again with new material in future years. Because selection of MFA candidates takes place in closed committee meetings of the creative writing faculty, we cannot address specific questions regarding why an applicant is not chosen. Nor do we offer critiques of applicants’ work.

If you have specific questions about the MFA Program, contact:

Kevin Canty, Director of Creative Writing

Department of English

32 Campus Drive

Liberal Arts 133
University of Montana
Missoula, Montana 59812-6120

(406) 243-5162 or