MFA Admissions

MFA Admissions
2021 FALL DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2021. The deadline to submit all MFA application materials for consideration is February 1, 2021. The deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. We do not admit students during the Spring semester.
We encourage applicants to visit the English Department to learn more about our graduate program, see the campus and our facilities, and meet with faculty and graduate students to discuss interests and goals.
All materials must be submitted via an online application system.
The required applications materials include the following:
  • Statement of Purpose:  The statement of purpose should discuss your creative interests, the specific genre you would like to pursue, and how your interests and goals fit with those of the English Department. 1-2 pages, single-spaced.
  • Writing Sample:  The writing sample should be creative work, not analytical prose, 10-25 pages, and should include poems, fiction, or creative non-fiction. Formatting: double-space all prose, begin each new piece on a new page, and include your name and the page number on each page of the document.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended. If an applicant is offered and accepts admission, the Graduate School will require official transcripts.
    • Applicants should have a minimum 2.75 on a 4.0 scale undergraduate grade point average and a 3.00 on all graduate work.
    • University of Kentucky graduates should note their degrees on the application but are not required to submit transcripts.  
  • Letters of Recommendation: Contact information for three people who can evaluate your qualifications for graduate work in creative writing. Please email your recommenders to let them know that the Graduate School will contact them for a letter of recommendation which they can upload into the system.
  • CV or Resume
  • Official GRE scores are NOT required for admission to the MFA program, but it is for enrollment. Official copies should be sent directly from Education Testing Service (ETS). The institution code for the UK Graduate School is R1837. The code for English is 2501. PLEASE NOTE: We understand COVID is interrupting the scheduling of the GRE. We will still require the GRE eventually. However, you may apply without it. Then, if you are admitted, you can schedule it for whenever it is safe to do so.
  • The application fee is $65 for domestic and $75 for international applicants and is payable online.
To schedule a campus visit or to receive additional information about the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky, please e-mail Robin Rahija, Department Manager Associate, at
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