Admission to the MFA Creative Writing Program

Admission to the program is limited to the fall semester. Students applying for admission to the MFA Program generally have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in English from an accredited institution with a 3.2 GPA in upper-division English courses, meet University admission requirements, and submit evidence of creative ability in fiction or poetry. When an undergraduate degree has been completed in a program having different requirements from those of CSULB or in some field other than English, additional preparation may be required.

The Admissions Committee reads each application carefully, paying particular attention to the quality of submitted writing samples. The Program is committed to selecting those applicants who not only satisfy all the admission requirements but also demonstrate the highest levels of achievement and promise in their writing.

Application Process

For each annual cycle, applications are due by February 15, when review will begin. The completed CSU Graduate Application should be sent to the University Admissions Office in Enrollment Services.

In CSU Apply, select “CREATIVE WRITING MFA” as your major.  It is not under “English,” but rather within programs starting with the letter “C.”

Through CSU Apply, you will be asked to provide transcripts, a writing sample/statement of purpose (in one document), and two letters of application. Links to upload these components of the application will be found there.

Questions concerning admission or degree requirements may be directed to the English Department Grad Desk.