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Applying to the Program

Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, usually with a major or minor in a literary field. Applicants without significant undergraduate credit in literary studies should address how they have made up for this deficit in their personal statements. Committee review of MFA applications will be based on the following:

  • Writing sample in appropriate genre (see below)
  • Performance in previous undergraduate and/or graduate programs (as measured by GPA, awards, internships, etc.)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • GRE (verbal)*
  • Maturity, preparation and experience as demonstrated in the personal statement

*Although the GRE is not absolutely required, a good score in the verbal section will enhance your candidacy. If you wish us to consider your GRE scores, direct the Educational Testing Service to submit them to Murray State University, code 1494. 

Writing-Sample Guidelines

All applicants must declare a specialization in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction and submit a writing sample within the chosen genre. The writing sample may be composed of one or multiple works. Prose samples should be double-spaced, and all samples should be typed in a legible font. Applicants who would like to be considered in more than one genre should submit multiple writing samples. They should also indicate their genre of preference.

Prose          20-30 pages
Poetry         15-20 pages 

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