Admission to the M.F.A. program is competitive, with roughly six poets and six fiction writers admitted each year. We consider applications year-round. For applicants wishing to be considered for funding, applications are due by March 1. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received, and applicants will be notified within six weeks of submission of a completed application.
Candidates for admission for the M.F.A. degree should fill out the Graduate School application form.
All applications to the M.F.A. program must include:
- The completed Graduate School Application Form
- A 1,000-word Statement of Purpose in which you explain why you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in creative writing, and discuss yourself as a writer. You may wish to make reference to professional, academic and/or personal interests, as well as future goals.
- A sample of your creative work in the genre to which you are applying (minimum 15 pages, maximum 25 pages, of fiction; or 10 pages of poetry)
- Three letters of recommendation (submitted in accordance with the Graduate School instructions on the Online Graduate Application platform; any physical letter of recommendation mailed to the processing center — rather than uploaded or emailed — should be sealed and signed by the recommender across the flap of the envelope). At least one of these letters should be from a person familiar with you as a writer and also with you as a student.
All application materials should be submitted through the Online Graduate Application platform.
If you are a transfer student from another M.F.A. program and are accepted into Southern's
M.F.A. program, you may transfer up to 12 credits toward Southern's M.F.A. program,
provided those 12 credits of course work were completed within the prior six years,
with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. Of those 12 credits, a maximum of two workshop courses
may be transferred as elective credits; final decisions about credit transfer are
determined by the M.F.A. Admissions Committee.
If you are currently enrolled as a graduate student in Southern's M.A. or M.S. program and are accepted to transfer into the M.F.A. program, you should contact M.F.A. Program Administrator Jeff Mock (contact info below) to discuss how your credits will transfer. A maximum of two workshop courses may be transferred; final decisions about credit transfer are determined by the M.F.A. Admissions Committee.
If you have already graduated from Southern's M.A. or M.S. program and wish to apply to the M.F.A. program, your M.A. or M.S. credits will not transfer to credits toward the M.F.A. program; rather, you will design a 30-credit course of M.F.A. study with an M.F.A. faculty member instead of the traditional 48-credit course of study. A maximum of two workshop courses may be transferred; final decisions about credit-transfer are determined by the M.F.A. Admissions Committee.
If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact:
Prof. Jeff Mock, M.F.A. Program Administrator