How to Apply

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Graduate School requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in the last 90 quarter (60 semester) credits. Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement are encouraged to contact the IAS Graduate Office to discuss options for strengthening their application.

Application Materials

  • An application to the Graduate School and $85 application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation, including at least one from a faculty member who can discuss your academic and writing abilities
  • A statement of intent (2 - 3 pages, double-spaced) articulating your goals in pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics. Please address how this program’s emphasis on poetics is a valuable mode of study for you and your creative work.
  • A writing sample (no more than ten pages of poetry; twenty pages of prose; or twenty pages total of a multi-genre submission.)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all prior academic work (college, university, technical school, etc.)
  • [Optional] Samples of multi-media or multi-art work if you would like to complement other pieces of the application. Three-dimensional work may be delivered to the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Graduate Office. Contact the office for details: This step is not required, and choosing not to submit anything does not decrease your admissibility.

Note: The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required in this application.


Quarterly tuition for the 2016 cohort for full-time students is $6,510. Quarterly tuition for the 2017 cohort for full-time students is $6,830. Tuition does not include Technology Fee, Services & Activities Fee, and Registration Fee. Tuition may increase for future cohorts. Details will be posted when available.

International Students

There are special application requirements for International Students. Find more information on the Graduate School web site. Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant or enrolled student whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. To learn about English Language Proficiency requirements, please refer to Memo 8 from the Graduate School.

Tuition Exemption

As a fee-based degree, this program does not qualify for the Washington State Tuition Exemption Program or any other tuition reduction benefit.

Transfer Credits

The MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program does not accept transfer credits taken at another academic institution or taken prior to enrolling in the program.


To inquire about Autumn 2018 admissions, contact an admissions advisor, or call 425-352-3406.

The priority deadline for Autumn 2019 admissions is February 1, 2019.


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