Admission Requirements

All applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or  university, preferably with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Most importantly, applicants must demonstrate proficiency and promise in the writing genre of their choice through submission of a writing sample. Application materials may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or online at www.rosemont.edu. Formal admission to the program is granted only after all admissions materials have been received and reviewed, and all standards have been met.

To apply to the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program, the following must be completed:

  1. Application. Either in paper accompanied by a non-refundable $50 fee or online where the fee will be waived;
  2. Request that all previous undergraduate (and graduate) institutions send official transcripts to Rosemont;
  3. Request three letters of recommendation, preferably from those who can address your academic and/or professional competencies;
  4. For applicants whose native language is not English, official copies of TOEFL scores are required;
  5. Writing sample and statement of purpose. Your full name, date of submission, email, and phone number should appear on the first page. On each subsequent page, your full name should appear as the header along with the page number.

Writing Sample

  • For fiction/nonfiction, a maximum of twenty pages. The submission may be an excerpt from a longer work, preferably from the opening.
  • For poetry, submit five poems.
  • For playwriting, submit the opening of one scene/act, approximately twenty page.

Include with the writing sample a one-page reflection in which you discuss why you selected this particular writing and what areas you’d like to develop while in the program.

Statement of Purpose

Please submit an essay (typed, double-spaced, 500 words maximum) detailing your goals in earning an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

All written documents (writing sample, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation) must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document to