Graduate Applications

Deadlines  for Fall 2022 Admission: 

Fall 2022 applications open October 1st.

  1. Round 1 Deadline: February 15th for Priority Consideration for Scholarships
  2. Round 2 Deadline: May 10th

We are moving to an all online application process; all materials for the application are to be uploaded via . Creative Writing only has applications open once a year, however you can choose to defer your study for a semester if you are interested in starting in the spring. Applicants need a B.A. degree, or equivalent, and a 3.0 GPA or equivalent. 

Cal State Apply for graduate admission materials required for either the M.A. English: Creative Writing Degree Objective or the M.F.A. Creative Writing Degree Objective:
___1. Cal State Apply for Graduate Study
___2. Cal State Apply application fee; currently $75.00.
___3. One set of unofficial transcripts for all college and/or university coursework (If you are chosen for admission, official transcripts will be requested to finalize admission). Please note: If you previously attended SF State University, you do not need to submit an SF State transcript. All are submitted electronically by uploading, as part of this complete application to Cal State Apply,     
___4. Statement of purpose, briefly write (500 words) why you wish to study at the graduate level, what led you to choose creative writing, your experience writing and reading, etc.
___5. One manuscript in one of the following genres: creative nonfiction or fiction: 15-20 pages double-spaced, single-sided pages (either one or more stories, or 15-20 pages of a longer work); 15 poems;  1 play: either a finished play of any length, or 20-25 pages of dramatic writing (theater plays only! No Film scripts, no radio plays, nor television plays; they will not be considered); 10 pages of literary translation into English, accompanied by 10 pages of the literature in the original language. Manuscripts must be legibly typed to be considered.
___6. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from an academic reference, such as a former instructor, tutor, or someone who can speak of your writing skills from a position of knowledge. Creative Writing does not have a template for letter writrers.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: please reference the following web pages for additional university application requirements.