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Admissions Process

Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or an appropriately certified foreign institution, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all undergraduate coursework. Students with a GPA of 2.5-3.0 may be admitted conditionally into the program based on the strength of their writing samples.


Admission is on a rolling basis until the program reaches enrollment caps for each genre, with new cohorts beginning each July.

Application Requirements

Online Application

Complete the online application form.


In an effort to remove barriers for our prospective students, we do not require a letter of recommendation.  However, applicants have the option to include a reference for a letter of recommendation when submitting the online application.

Personal Essay

Write a 1-3 page personal essay. Describe your goals as a writer and how you see an MFA in Creative Writing helping you reach these goals. Tell us about a moment when you knew you wanted to do something with your writing.

As you work toward your MFA, you will receive a great deal of critical commentary on your creative work. You will also be expected to take part in the analysis of fellow MFA candidates’ writing during the workshop sessions. How do you react to receiving and giving this type of commentary?

Writing Sample

Include a creative writing sample for the genre to which you are applying:

  • Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: 20 pages, double-spaced
  • Poetry: 15-20 pages, single-spaced
  • Screenwriting or Playwriting: up to 30 pages in script/playwriting format


Applicants must submit an official transcript(s) from the regionally-accredited institution granting the Bachelor’s degree and from the most recently attended institution, if not the same. Military veterans are required to submit all official transcripts from previously attended institutions to qualify for military benefits.

In the case where prerequisite requirements exist or transfer credits or waivers are sought, official transcripts are required from institutions at which the prerequisites or equivalents were completed. The Program Director may ask for additional transcripts if determined to be necessary.

Submit transcripts directly to the Graduate Admissions Office by electronic transfer or by mail.

By electronic transfer: (if prompted by your institution for an email address)

By mail:
Graduate Admissions Office, CB 65
Augsburg University
2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55454