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How to Apply

Apply for this MFA in Creative Writing program.

If you are an international student, you'll have additional application requirements. Get the International Student application guide for this program here.  


Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Start Term: Spring
Deadline: November 15
After November 15, we'll review applications on a rolling basis as space permits.

Start Term: Summer
Deadline: March 15
After March 15, we'll review applications on a rolling basis as space permits.

We encourage you to apply by the deadlines for scholarship and space availability.



Check your program page for prerequisites.

Our graduate programs require that you have an undergraduate degree. Some programs have other prerequisite requirements, such as coursework, certification or license, or master’s degree in a specific field.

Application Form

Application Form

Apply online for your MFA program.

Create an account and password before you start your application. You can stop and save your application, and return to complete it later.

Apply online for an MFA program.

Submit Documents

Submit Documents

You'll need to submit the following supporting materials.

You can send the documents separately, but we won't be able to make an admissions decision until we've received everything.

Official Transcripts

Have each institution where you earned an undergraduate or graduate degree send us your official transcript.

If your transcript is not in English, provide a notarized translation of it.

If you’re enrolled in a degree program when you apply, submit your transcript of the courses you’ve taken to date. Submit your final official transcript once you’ve completed the degree program.

Your transcripts need to be:

  • Conferred by regionally accredited colleges or universities
  • Original documents bearing the official institutional stamp
  • Received by Graduate Admissions Services in envelopes sealed by the sending institution, or sent electronically directly from the institution

Send transcripts to: or

Lesley University
Graduate Admissions Services
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

2 Letters of Recommendation

Include 2 recent recommendations from those you’ve worked with closely in an academic or professional setting.

  • At least one of your recommendations should come from a present or former supervisor.

  • If you’re in school or are a recent graduate, one recommendation should come from a professor.

  • We don’t accept recommendations written by friends or family, or that were written more than 2 years before your application date.

Within your online application form, include the names and emails of the people writing your letters of recommendation. They'll receive an email from you with an electronic recommendation form, and they can upload a letter if they choose.

Written Personal Statement

Your written personal statement gives us insight into your motivation, purpose in pursuing a degree program, writing skills, and communication style. It’s an important part of our review process.

Write a 750–1250 word (2–3 page) personal statement.

Use narrative form and address the following questions.

  1. Discuss the work of a writer, in any genre, who has profoundly influenced your writing. Additionally, discuss several of the most memorable books you've read in the last year.
  2. What have you done creatively and critically to prepare for a master's program?
  3. What do you consider to be the strengths and weaknesses of your work?
  4. What are your goals for your writing, and what do you hope to accomplish in the program?

Submit Your Statement

All genres EXCEPT Graphic Novel: Submit your written statement to

Graphic Novel submission: Submit your written statement to Slideroom with your visual portfolio and writing sample. 

Writing Sample

In addition to your written personal statement, a creative writing submission is required as part of your application to the MFA in Creative Writing program.

Writing Sample or Portfolio Requirements

  1. Format your written submission as a PDF or Microsoft Word Document.
  2. Put your name and genre on each page.
  3. Title your file in this format: last name_genre (for example, Smith_poetry). If you're applying to more than 1 genre, submit a separate writing sample for each genre.

Genres and Writing Samples

All genres EXCEPT Graphic Novel: Submit your writing sample to


  • Approximately 20 pages
  • Double-spaced with a 12-point conventional font (e.g. Times New Roman)


  • Approximately 20 pages
  • Double-spaced with a 12-point conventional font (e.g. Times New Roman)


  • Approximately 10 pages of poetry
  • Single-spaced with a 12-point conventional font (e.g. Times New Roman)

Writing for Young People

  • Write 10–15 pages of middle-grade prose, 10–15 pages of young adult prose, or 2–3 picture book stories.
  • Double-spaced with a 12-point conventional font (e.g. Times New Roman).
  • You may apply in one or more of these 3 areas of children’s literature.

Writing for Stage and Screen

  • 15–20 script pages
  • Double-spaced with a 12-point conventional font (e.g. Times New Roman)

Graphic Novel and Comics

This genre requires both of the following:

  • 4–10 comic book/comic script pages or approximately 12 script pages
  • A visual portfolio composed of 4–5 still images. Although these visual images may represent work in the comics medium, you may submit other types of work such as illustration, painting, photography, and graphic design.

Submit your Graphic Novels writing sample and visual portfolio electronically through SlideRoom.

  1. Create a SlideRoom account.
  2. Submit your portfolio to "Master of Fine Arts: Creative Writing (Graphic Novel and Comics)."
  3. For film/video/new media, your submission should not be more than 5 minutes long.
  4. Pay the $10 fee per submission.

Contact Admissions

Contact Admissions