Frequently Asked Questions

How many applications do you receive, and how many are admitted?

In a typical year we receive 325-375 applications, and we admit ten in fiction and eight to ten in poetry.

Do you require the GRE?

As of November 21, 2013, we do NOT require the GRE test for admission. If you’ve already taken the test, you’re welcome to send your scores. Our GRE code is 3087.

Where do I send my application materials?

Send transcripts and (optional) GRE scores to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 705 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 112, Boston MA 02215. Please complete the online application for all other materials. Do not mail anything to the Creative Writing office.

Do you require official transcripts?

Yes. Transcripts must be official–either sealed by your university or sent directly from the university. If you are coming from an international school and have only one copy of your official transcript, you will have to have a notarized copy made. If your transcript is in a language other than English, you will need to have it translated into English. For information about both notaries and translators, please refer to this guide: http://www.bu.edu/cas/files/2012/08/Notary-and-Translation-Guide.pdf

Do you schedule department tours or on-campus interviews?

Because of our high volume of applications, we do not require interviews. Boston University schedules official campus tours here: http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/#campustour. If you have questions about the program that aren’t addressed on the website, you are welcome to send them to crwr@bu.edu.

The Graduate School lists an earlier deadline than yours; which is right?

The Graduate School Admissions website lists general deadlines and departmental deadlines.  Please adhere to the Creative Writing deadline (March 1st) which can be viewed on our website and on the departmental deadlines link through the Graduate School Admissions website: http://www.bu.edu/cas/prospective-students/graduate-admissions/apply/application-requirements-and-deadlines/

Do I need to submit a separate application for financial aid?

No. All you have to do is say “yes” on the online application when you’re asked if you want to be considered for financial aid, and we will consider you for scholarships and teaching fellowships. For more information about our department’s financial aid, please visit http://www.bu.edu/creativewriting/about/letter/financial-aid/.

Do I apply for a Global Fellowship now, or after I’m admitted?

Our Global Fellowship application process occurs midyear, usually in February, for MFA students who have already matriculated. For more information about the global fellowships, please visit http://blogs.bu.edu/world/.

Must I choose one, fiction or poetry, when I apply? Can’t I apply in both?

We ask that you choose one genre when you apply. If admitted, you’ll take four (two in fall, two in spring) writing workshops in your concentration, with your cohort of eight to ten fiction or poetry students. You and your small group go through the intense workshop experience together and become quite close. There simply isn’t time to take all the fiction AND all the poetry workshops. However, the professors often allow fiction students to take one poetry workshop (and vice versa), with that instructor’s consent, to fulfill one of their literature requirements.

Where do I send my application materials?

Send transcripts and (optional) GRE scores to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 705 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 112, Boston MA 02215. Please complete the online application for all other materials. Do not mail anything to the Creative Writing office.

What should I include in my writing sample, and how should it be formatted?

You should include forty pages of what you consider your best writing. For fiction applicants, this can be a portion of a novel, a few short stories, or a combination of the two. It’s up to you. Please include page numbers, use clear, 12-point font, and double-space your prose.

What should I include in the personal statement?

We’d like to know more about you: why you write and/or why you’re choosing to pursue an MFA in creative writing, what you hope to do at BU (and beyond), and why the BU creative writing program is the place for you.

For any and all other questions, please contact our administrator or visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ FAQ page or Admissions website (thank you!):

Graduate Admissions FAQ

Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate Students General Information

The MFA at BU

A Note From the Director

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The Global Fellowships

Our MFA students have the opportunity to live, write, and travel anywhere in the world

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The Translation Seminar

Read about BU's renowned Translation Seminar

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