Apply to MFA
A Note from the Director, Joyelle McSweeney:
Thank you for your interest in the University of Notre Dame!
We are dedicated to admitting a vital, diverse body of students, diverse in terms of aesthetics and genre and diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, economic background, nationality, immigration status, ability and disability. The Creative Writing Program welcomes applications from undocumented writers.
Every admitted student receives a full tuition waiver; a fellowship featuring a full stipend (currently $12,500 per year) and responsibilities in publications, outreach projects, and/or teaching creative writing; and a 100% health insurance subsidy.
Our application deadline is January 2.
We look forward to receiving your application.
How to Apply:
All applications must be submitted online.
The Creative Writing Program asks you to include the following with your application:
- Writing Sample: 25-30 pages of prose (which may be any combination of short fiction, nonfiction or a novel or manuscript excerpt) or 20 pages of poetry (which may be twenty individual short poems, or several longer poems up to the page limit). You may also apply in both genres, submitting a separate work sample to each. Or, if your work is of a genre which falls between poetry and prose, you may use the same work sample in both applications. The manuscript is the most important part of the application and is read by several faculty members. Attach your writing sample to the appropriate section of the online application.
- Statement of Intent: In 300-500 words, please discuss some but not all of the following topics: your approach to writing and reading; the books, artworks, movies, places, and/or other sources which drive or inform your writing; the work, personal and/or political experiences which drive or inform your writing; aspects of your identity which drive or inform your writing; your sense of what writing is for; your sense of what you’d like to accomplish during and after your MFA. Attach your statement to the appropriate section of the online application.
- Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation from former undergraduate or graduate teachers or from other professionals who know your writing. These must be submitted online by your recommenders.
- Transcripts: One copy of academic records from all postsecondary colleges and universities attended. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application evaluation; official transcript records will be required upon acceptance.) Attach a copy to your online application.
- Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores. (The GRE Subject Test score is NOT required for the M.F.A. program.) The Graduate School DOES REQUIRE you to take and submit your GRE results. Take the GRE, no need to take the Subject GRE test. For the purposes of admission, a scanned copy of your GRE test scores may be uploaded via the Online Application. Official scores must be received from the ETS within a week, more or less, of the application deadline.
GRE codes: Notre Dame is 1841; the Creative Writing Program is 2503
- Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) from all international applicants.
- The completed Graduate School application and fees.
Please complete your online application for the Graduate School.
For additional application information please view the Admissions website.
Many common questions are answered in our FAQ section, and additional questions may be addressed to:
Director of Creative Writing
Department of English
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556