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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Application Checklist

The application, application fee and application materials must be received in the GRS Admissions Office by the application deadline.  Please note that all documents should be submitted online through the application portal. Please do not send additional paper copies of any materials submitted online to the Graduate Admissions Office.

  • Application
  • $95 Application fee
  • Uploaded Transcripts.  On the application, you will have the opportunity to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript. Please note you will be required to submit official transcripts if you accept our offer of admission.
  • Two official letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be submitted through the online recommendation system. Photocopies and other facsimiles, such as scanned/emailed or faxed documents will not be considered official.
    Most departments ask for three letters; check your department’s requirements at Application Requirements and Deadlines.
  • Official GRE General scores, sent by ETS to institution code 3087.
    Some departments may also require the Subject Test; contact your department for details. Applicants applying to MFA programs are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or CV (highly recommended, not required)
  • Writing Sample
    A writing sample is required by some but not all departments.  Check your department’s requirements at Application Requirements and Deadlines.

  • Application
  • $95 Application fee
  • Uploaded Transcripts.  On the application, you will have the opportunity to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript. Please note you will be required to submit official transcripts if you accept our offer of admission..
  • Two official letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be submitted through the online recommendation system. Photocopies and other facsimiles, such as scanned/emailed or faxed documents will not be considered official.
    Most departments ask for three letters; check your department’s requirements at Application Requirements and Deadlines.
  • Official GRE General scores, sent by ETS to institution code 3087.
    Some departments may also require the Subject Test; contact your department for details. Applicants applying to MFA programs are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • Official TOEFL scores sent by ETS to institution code 3087.
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or CV (highly recommended, not required)
  • Writing Sample
    A writing sample is required by some but not all departments.  Check your department’s requirements at Application Requirements and Deadlines.
  • International Student Documents